A 22-year-old female asked:
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 answered
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
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
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