Differentiating pericardial recesses from mediastinal adenopathy: Potential pitfalls in oncological imaging

Girish S. Shroff, Piyaporn Boonsirikamchai, Chitra Viswanathan, Myrna C.B. Godoy, Edith M. Marom, Mylene T. Truong

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Abstract

In oncological imaging, staging with computed tomography (CT) is widely used to determine treatment. Misinterpretation of fluid in pericardial recesses as mediastinal adenopathy can lead to inaccurate clinical staging and inappropriate management. In this review, we describe normal pericardial anatomy and illustrate imaging features to differentiate fluid in pericardial sinuses and recesses from mediastinal adenopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-314
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Radiology
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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