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how long does pericarditis last

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Milunski
36 years experience Cardiology
Pericarditis: It varies with the cause and how quickly the patient responds to treatment.
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Variable: What cause what treatment most viral are brief few weeks.

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zevitz
36 years experience Internal medicine
Depends: Infectious pericarditis can be the result of viruses, bacterial or fungal infectiions. Viral pericarditis is usually self limited and usually lasts 2- ... Read More
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Dr. Eric Toloza
29 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: Depends on cause and severity ... Milder pericarditis and respoonsive to Indomethacin results in relatively quicker recovery.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
22 years experience Interventional Cardiology
Depends: Usally days to weeks. Once the inflammation subsides. In some where there is pericardial fluid, it can take longer for the fluid to absorb.
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Variable: Days to weeks is usual.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zevitz
36 years experience Internal medicine
Not usually: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the lining around the heart. The risks are usually during the acute illness, and they include arrhythmias, cardiac ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Effusion: Subacute or chronic effusions are often painless
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Doesnt go away w/o t: A pericardial effusion doesn't normally go away without treatment or drainage. Which to choose depends on the cause of the effusion (viral? Thyroid? C ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Sambol
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Chronic inflammation: This is a chronic inflammation around the heart. Over time it can lead to constrictive pericarditis which is a process where the heart has trouble fi ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raghuraman Vidhun
13 years experience Cardiology
ECHO: I suggest doing a Echocardiogram to follow up to make sure that there is no residual or accumulating pericardial effusion. Odd pains are some times c ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Unpredictable: May be pulmonary and pleural components as well. To be more specific ask your doc. Periodic echo and x-ray return to normal will guide the therapy a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Pohlhaus
31 years experience Dentistry
Here's some info: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/What-is-Pericarditis_UCM_444931_Article.jsp#.VzxW_zUgtD8
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