Pericardial recesses

Last revised by Dr Mostafa El-Feky on 02 Aug 2021

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:

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: superior aortic recess
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  • Case 2: superior aortic recess
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