Pericardial recesses

Dr Andrew Dixon and Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The pericardial recesses are small spaces in the pericardial cavity arising from the transverse pericardial sinus that are formed by the reflections of the pericardium. Pericardial fluid can pool in these recesses, mimicking mediastinal lymph nodes or pathology. There are several pericardial recesses that may be mistaken for dissection or lymphadenopathy:

Anatomy: Thoracic
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Article information

rID: 54167
System: Cardiac
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pericardial recess

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  • Case 1: superior aortic recess
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