Egg-shell calcification in Pick's disease (chronic constrictive pericarditis)

Radiol Case Rep. 2021 Jan 29;16(4):847-849. doi: 10.1016/j.radcr.2021.01.042. eCollection 2021 Apr.


Egg-shell calcification is rare in cases with constrictive pericarditis. It leads to significant right heart failure and the only treatment is surgical excision of the pericardium. We present a case of a 22-year-old-male who was diagnosed to have severe pericardial calcification on the chest X-ray, which eventually led to a diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis and required an early surgical correction. This case shows that a common diagnostic test such as a chest X-ray does help to diagnose a severe systemic condition.

Keywords: Constrictive pericarditis; Egg-shell calcification; Surgical excision.

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