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is pericarditis contagious

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
48 years experience Cardiology
Not usually: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sack surrounding the heart. Can be painful and life-threatening if associated with significant fluid accumulation ... Read More

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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
No: Not really as the virus which causes it might be it is unusual for pericarditis to always result as these are usually common cold viruses.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Can be and maybe: Viral pericarditis is caused by an enteric viral illness which others may catch through oral/fecal contamination: kissing, sharing food utensils, etc. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Corrado
40 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Pericarditis is infammation of the tissue surrounding the heart. Pain is one of the primary symptoms occuring in more 90% of cases. The quality and se ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Greenfield
36 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Generally not: Usually pericarditis is an inflammatory condition that occurs after heart attack or heart surgery. It can also occur with certain inflammatory or auto ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Not contagious: Costochondritis refers to inflammation of the cartilage of the ribs. This will cause a reproducible pain when you press on the affected area and when ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
No: Pleurisy typically occurs with or after a viral/bacterial infection. The pleurisy is an inflammation of the lining of the lung in response to infecti ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: One possible exception -- coxsackievirus is catching, but very few people who met the virus get cardiomyopathy from it, and i've not heard of people w ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Pneumonia: There are so many types of pneumonia and ways that people get pneumonia that a one size fits all answer here is impossible. Yes, it can be contagious ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience Infectious Disease
Most forms - yes.: There are some bacteria and viruses that specialize in causing pneumonia. These are definitely contagious. For older folks or folks that have immune p ... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Not very: It's either an opportunist in immunocompromised people (if deep) or a cause of difficult ulcers, often on the feet (on the surface). It doesn't presen ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Not likely: Tracheitis is inflammation of the trachea from any of a number of reasons. Even if it is infectious, it is unlikely to result it spreading to another ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Lehr
Dr. Eric Lehr answered
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Basically no: A pleural effusion is fluid between the chest wall and the lung. There are many causes of pleural effusions ranging from cancer to infection to infla ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
No: As far as it is known, sarcoidosis is not due to an infection and is not spread from person to person.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Tache Leon
26 years experience General Surgery
No: There are multiple types of peritonitis, but almost all of them are caused by conditions that are not transmitted from person to person. There are so ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ester Kwok
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes caused by either viruses or bacteria is contagious.
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Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience Family Medicine
Bronchitis: Bronchitis is defined as an inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the respiratory infection. Cough is the predominant symptom. Usually this is self-l ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience Pain Management
Can be : If it is an infectious bronchitis depending on what the infectious etiology is the bug can be passed on to others through coughing. It can also be pa ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Considine
29 years experience Family Medicine
No: Emphysema is acquired by a combination of environmental and genetic factors and is especially worsened by any exposure to airborne pollutants and cont ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No: Most cases are not.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claude Parola
39 years experience Internal Medicine
No: It is not contagious; however, there are people who have gastritis secondary to the bacterium, helicobacter pylori.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Carroll
24 years experience Family Medicine
No: There is some genetic links to susceptibility to copd, so if your dad or mom had early emphysema, you're more likely to have it. Second hand smoking ... Read More
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