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cor pulmonale

enlargement of the right ventricle of the heart, resulting from disorders of the lungs or blood vessels of the lungs or from abnormalities of the chest wall. A person with cor pulmonale has a chronic cough, experiences difficulty in breathing after exertion, wheezes, and is weak and easily fatigued. Fluid may collect in the legs; pain may be felt in the right upper portion of the abdomen; digestive disturbances may be noted; the neck veins are distended; and the fingertips may be clubbed.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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