What Are Pericardial Cysts?

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Pericardial cysts are uncommon cysts (neoplasms) in the pericardium, a double-walled sac that surrounds the heart. These cysts are usually of a round and irregular shape, with fluid inside. And the size varies. Generally, they’re benign (non-cancerous). Mostly, people with these cysts do not experience any symptom. Sometimes, the cysts may lead to pain in the chest, and dry coughs. Although the exact cause is unclear, plenty of cases show that they’re more common in women. What’s more, people with the following features are at high risk too:
  • people with a family history of malformations of the heart,
  • and people who were previously prone to infectious or inflammatory diseases of the heart.
Keywords: pericardial cyst.
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