A 22-year-old female asked:
Disclaimer

what does it mean that my symptoms are suggestive of acute pericarditis? is it really dangerous and should need a serious treatment or what ?!

2 doctor answers
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: The pericardium is the protective outer sac around the heart. Inflammation of this is called "pericarditis" and it can be caused by many different things both infectious and other. Depending on the cause it can be extremely dangerous.
Answered on Mar 23, 2013
2
2 thanks
Dr.
Dr. answered
Specializes in
Pericarditis : Pericarditis is inflammation of pericardium ( sac which surrounds the heart ) . Most cases are due to viral infection which goes away in few weeks . The only treatment for viral pericarditis is anti inflammatory medications. There are some less common causes of pericarditis which may need some other treatment. Complications are less common but can happen.
Answered on Feb 23, 2018

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jacques Kpodonu
26 years experience Cardiology
Surgery: You will need definite surgery.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
19 years experience Cardiology
Usually only surgery: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the pericardium, the thin layer of tissue enveloping the outside of the heart, becomes thick and inflex ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
Surgery: Surgical removal of part or most of the pericardium.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Zevitz
36 years experience Internal medicine
Depends: Constrictive pericarditis is a thickening of the pericardial lining of the heart. It can cause reduced filling of the heart and lead to heart failure ... Read More
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month