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Can Dental Problems Cause Pericarditis
Is pericarditis seen on CTA? Also can pericarditis be caused by dental abscess? And if so, how long after dental abscess would symptoms occur?
Pericarditis: Pericarditis can be seen on CT scan imaging - actually just yesterday I saw a case. It depends to a large degree on the duration of symptoms, plus the organism involved (germ) and other factors. A dental abscess could pre-dispose to this because of possible bacteremia -or circulation of germs after a nasty infection. The length of time could be anywhere from a few days to weeks before onset. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varied: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma, can cause pericarditis. Kidney failure (uremic pericarditis), tumors, genetic diseases such as familial mediterranean fever, or rarely, medications that suppress the immune system can also be the cause. In a number of cases of pericarditis, the cause is unknown. This is referred to as idiopathic pericarditis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 tamponade and heart failure. It is highly unlikely that there would be any long term problems after recovery since pericarditis is usually a self limited illness and severe cases of pericarditis usually require removal of the pericardial lining. ...Read more
Multiple: Pericardial inflammation can occur from renal failure, tb, malignancy, bacterial infection or most commonly, viral inflammation. Also rheumatoid disease and other autoimmune problems. After a heart attack, dressler's syndrome is inflammation of the pericardium and after heart surgery, blood or fluid can accumulate and cause inflammation. Radiation is also a source. All can lead to constrictive per. ...Read more
Why do i keep getting recurring episodes of pericarditis? Will it cause harm to me later on in life?
Pericarditis: Relapses can occur w/ idiopathic ("we don't know what caused it") pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac around the heart. Treatment w/ steroids may increase the chance of chronic relapses, so trying to treat it w/ nonsteroidal drugs is probably best. Other causes of pericarditis include autoimmune disorders eg, lupus. Consult an internal medicine, cardiology, or rheumatology doctor. ...Read more
Yes,but: Pericarditis is possible as a cause of chest pain at 16 but not a common one. Things like pain within the moving joints of the chest bone, heart burn from stomach backwash or pleursy from the lung linings would be more common. If the pain intensifies with laying down but less so when upright your pcp may want to consider an ekg and cardiac enzymes to rule this out. ...Read more
Dx chronic pericarditis. Sleep in recliner sitting up. Pain is worse lying down but best standing up. What exactly causes the positional pain?
Chronic pericarditis: We believe the pain is caused by the rubbing of the inflamed pericardium with the surface of the heart. We treat the condition with anti inflammatory agents and sometimes with pain medications if the anti inflammation drugs don't do the job. Discuss your ongoing symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more
How long does it take for a mod-large pericardial effusion to go away from pericarditis? Also why does pericardial effusion caused pain down left side
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? Cancer?) How long treatment takes to get rid of the fluid (& the likelihood that it will come back) also depends on the cause. Talk to an experienced cardiologist for help if you don't have a diagnosis. Best of luck! Thanks for asking HealthTap! ...Read more
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