Pericardial Cyst

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bazyia
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   Posted 5/15/2010 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been to a internal medicine doctor who sent me to a cardiologist who tried to send me to another cardiologist for this pericardial cyst that cardiologist did not even want to see me, so my cardiologist sent me to a lung doctor who now wants me to go to an ENT im very frustrated and cant seem to get any relief from my symtoms does any one know of any doctors in the south that deal with pericarial cyst?

stkitt
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   Posted 5/15/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning,


Pericardial cysts are generally an uncommon benign congenital anomaly in the middle mediastinum. Could you give us a bit more information such as are you having sx from this cyst?



Cardiac and thoracic surgeons at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida have specialized training in diagnosing and surgically treating diseases of the heart, lung, chest, esophagus, diaphragm and blood vessels (cardiac and thoracic diseases). The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers the full spectrum of cardiothoracic surgical services. You mentioned the south but did not say where in the south.



Good luck and I hope this info helps you in some small way.



Kindly,



Kitt

bazyia
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   Posted 5/15/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
yes I am having symptoms like a cronic cough, choking feeling like something stuck in my throat and pain off and on

stkitt
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   Posted 5/15/2010 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry your getting the run around. It sounds like you live in a area with plenty of physicians but you can always check out other facilities to look for a new physician.


Treatment is generally required in symptomatic patients or in those with an unclear diagnosis. In other patients, close follow-up is sufficient. Treatment options include surgical resection or percutaneous aspiration of the cyst.



I am not a physician so please do try to find a new cardiologist/thoracic surgeon that can explain what is going on with you and what treatment options are recommended to help you.



Kindly,

Kitt

solarest
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   Posted 7/14/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi bayzia,

I know this post is a couple of months old, but I thought I'd chime in to say I've been diagnosed with a pericardial cyst, too. Since 2001, I've had bouts of a chronic cough. I'll have a persistent tickle/itch in my throat and an unproductive cough. These bouts usually last 3-5 months. In 2008, I finally went to my doctor to figure out what the heck was going on. Had an x-ray, saw something near my heart, sent me to a cardiologist.

The cardiologist diagnoses me as having a small pericardial cyst. It's been a while, but I think I remember him saying draining it with a needle was an option, but since it was small, it might not help, and there was no guarantee it wouldn't come back. Surgery was also mentioned, but it sounded intensive, so I took a few weeks to think things over and the cough went away (it had lasted about 4 months at that time). The cardiologist wasn't concerned about my health. He said the cysts can some times get large enough to constrict the heart and cause problems, but mine was just annoying. He did say that we'd watch it and if I decided I couldn't stand it anymore, we'd do another CT scan and talk more. I was in and out of the country for the last two years, so I never went back to him, even though I've had the cough off and on since then.

I'm not back in the country and have the cough again. I've *only* had it two months this time, but I'm so friggin' tired of coughing, so I'm scheduled to meet with the cardiologist tomorrow. If he says anything interesting, I'll let you know. I'm pretty sure he'll just schedule me for a CT scan so I probably won't learn much.

Have you found a doctor to help you yet? What options have you discussed?

solarest
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   Posted 7/15/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Went to cardiologist today. Didn't learn anything new about the pericardial cyst, but that was as expected. Am scheduled for a CT scan then I'll meet with a different doctor who I think will know more about the surgery (I think he's a cardio surgeon and my cardiologist isn't?).

Anyways, what was unexpected is that my EKG showed a T inversion, whatever that is. So, I'm scheduled for a stress echo next week, too.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/16/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
solarest

T wave changes are non-specific. Inversions of the T waves can be caused by something benign, like hyperventilation or electrolyte changes, or by something severe like lack of blood flow to the heart.
Having an echo is a good thing so try not to overthink the T-waves. If you should start to have new sx or an increase in any of your current symptoms do call your cardiologist immediately or present to an ER just to be on the safe side.

Thinking of you with kindness and caring,

Kitt

solarest
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   Posted 7/16/2010 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,

Thanks for the reply! My cardiologist didn't act like the T wave inversion was a big deal, just unusual because I'm youngish (29) and exercise. So, I'm not too worried about it. It will *probably* be fine.

I am worried about how intensive a surgery I'll need to get permanently rid of this pericardial cyst. The cough is driving my absolutely batty. I *have* to get rid of it.

Cheers!

Sandy

bashful
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   Posted 12/14/2015 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband was recently diagnosed with a pericardial cyst after a chest x-ray followed up with a CT scan. He had an appt. last week with a cardiologist who ordered a Echogram. The cyst is 9cm. My husband has a cough and a tickle in his chest area. He doesn't appear to be having any serious symptoms but he is wanting the cyst removed but his primary physician said it is a intensive operation and suggest just monitoring it unless the cardiologist, after they echogram results suggest different. My husband is 60yrs. of age. The local cardiologist we met with has never dealt with a pericardial cyst. Any suggestions?

straydog
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   Posted 12/14/2015 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Bashful & welcome to Healing Well. I noticed that you posted on a thread a few months old & I would suggest that you make a new separate post asking the above questions. That way more people will see it as a new post & you should get a better response. Lots of times people do not bother reading an older thread. I checked & see that Solarest has not been back to HW since the above posts were made. You can click on a members name & see when they last posted.

We also have a search feature located at the top, you may want to type in pericardial cyst & see what is in the archives to read. I would not post any questions on those older threads as most of the time the members are no longer active here at Healing Well.

Take care.
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