Lesson 14, Topic 6
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  • With idiopathic pericardial effusions, the long term prognosis is excellent if the pericardial sac is removed. Without a pericardectomy, several repeated pericardiocentesis procedures may be required.
  • With neoplastic induced pericardial effusion, the long term prognosis is very poor. Repeated pericardial effusion is the rule, although pericardectomy can be palliative. Animals usually die of this disorder within 6 months.