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Hi,

My pregnant wife recently had an ultrasound was told there was fluid around the heart, about 6 ML i believe, after the birth (24 hours after initial diagnosis) they did an echo-cardiogram and there was no fluid.

Can fluid just randomly disappear from around the heart?
We were told that it spontaneously resolved itself which I just have a hard time believing.

Thanks,

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Hi, http://myheart.net/articles/

Fluid around the heart is known as a pericardial effusion. A small pericardial effusion is relatively common in pregnant women. Without seeing the scan its difficult to know the exact amount or the quality of the scan. In short, yes, fluid can disappear, and often with small effusions we perform a follow up scan to ensure it has resolved or not grown larger. Small pericardial effusions in pregnancy will typically resolve spontaneously.

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Mustafa Ahmed MD

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Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Hypertension, Pulmonary Embolism, Structural and Valve Disease

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Board Certification Internal Medicine and Cardiology Interventional and Structural Cardiology

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MD from The Royal Victoria University of Manchester, England Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Research Training - University of Alabama

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