A question for the medical dopers!
What the heck is a “pericardial fat pad”?
Here’s the background story. I went for a visa-related medical, and needed a chest x-ray (to rule out TB!). The radiologist found nothing indicating I was a walking infectious disease, but did find what he described as a “prominent right pericardial fat pad.”
I’m 25, not significantly overweight at all, eat well, exercise, etc… But my family has a history of heart disease.
The radiologist and the referring doctor insisted that I consult my family doctor ASAP to have a look at this. At the same time, the radiologist’s report read that this is likely of “no clinical significance” in the great scheme of things.
So - my question is simple: What the heck is a pericardial fat pad? What does it do? What does it cause?