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Definition of Chronic tamponade

Chronic tamponade: A long-standing situation in which an excess of fluid inside the pericardial sac combines with thickening of the pericardial sac to progressively compress the heart and impair its performance.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=7245
Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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