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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Pericarditis (Definition)

A condition in which you experience an inflammation of the pericardium, two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart, holds it in place ...Read more


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My sister says she has pericarditis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has pericarditis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Probably not: The usual cause of pericarditis is a virus and/or is "idiopathic" (doctor talk for we don't know the cause). These do not affect family. Rarer causes are cancer, TB or bacterial infections, also unlikely to be familial. Some autoimmune diseases may run in families but are very uncommon. So, in short, almost certainly not a worry. ...Read more

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So if drs immediately treated me with steroids for pericardial effusion, making pericarditis chronic. How do I get off the steroids after 6 yrs?

Chronic pericarditis: Some experts believe initial treatment of acute pericarditis (inflammation of the sac around the heart) with corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) may increase the possibility of a chronic/recurring problem. This is a theory but not definitely known to be the case. Treatment of chronic pericarditis can be a slow process. For personal attention to your situation, consider an inbox consult on healthtap. ...Read more

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When doing heavy cardio, I get a sharp stabbing pain in the middle my left pec. I believe this is pericarditis I have had an EKG+xray-nothing detected

Not Pericarditis: Sharp pain during exertion is unlikely to be cardiac or pericardial in etiology. This is most likely musculoskeletal. Pericarditis discomfort would not be present only during "heavy cardio", it would be present persistently both standing and especially lying down. Try taking a Motrin or Advil or Alleve or Tylenol (acetaminophen) 30 minutes before working out and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Can pericarditis w/ pericardial effusion w/ 1/40 positive speckle ANA, low c3 diagnosis lupus? My doctor said I have lupus. Should I get 2nd opinion?

Can pericarditis w/ pericardial effusion w/ 1/40 positive speckle ANA, low c3 diagnosis lupus? My doctor said I have lupus. Should I get 2nd opinion?

May be: Please consult this site for diagnostic criteria for lupus. You may be able to determine if you meet 4 of the 11 criteria. If you do, then your doctor is right, if not, it would be okay to get a second opinion.
http://lupusresearchinstitute. Org/lupus-facts/lupus-diagnosis ...Read more

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Arms numb/tingling after waken. Takes heating pad applied to get feeling back. Sleep in recliner due to sle pericarditis. Happens in bed too.

Arms numb/tingling after waken. Takes heating pad applied to get feeling back. Sleep in recliner due to sle pericarditis. Happens in bed too.

See ur Dr and get: Checked for pinched nerve in the cervical spine, diabetes etc. Take care! Http://www. M.Webmd. Com/pain-management/pain-management-cervical-radiculopathy. ...Read more

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Can a low a/g ratio, 0.56, be due to constrictive pericarditis?

Can a low a/g ratio, 0.56, be due to constrictive pericarditis?

Not sure....: Constrictive pericarditis is caused by stiffening of the sca around the heart (pericardium). It manifests as shortness of breath, fatigue, and severe swelling. It is diagnosed by catheterization or echocardiography. I haven't idea what and a/g ratio is - it not a common diagnostic test. ...Read more

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Is there a possible connection between pericarditis and pinched nerve (s) in your back? Had peri 8 weeks ago and my back/rib cage still hurt pretty bad

Is there a possible connection between pericarditis and pinched nerve (s) in your back? Had peri 8 weeks ago and my back/rib cage still hurt pretty bad

Yes it is a possible: That there could be referred pain or that you may have some muscular pain or myalgias from your infection in that region. It could also be just muscular pain from being inactive while you were sick. The other remote possibility is that the infection may have spread to the spine if it was a bacterial infection so if the pain is increasing or persisting tell your physician. ...Read more

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Who knows about pericarditis?

I do: The sac-like covering around the heart (pericardium) becomes inflamed in pericarditis.
Pericarditis can be associated with diseases such as:
autoimmune disorders
cancer (including leukemia)
HIV infection and aids
hypothyroidism
kidney failure
rheumatic fever
tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Can you do anything while treating pericarditis?

Depends: Patient or surgeon? . .. If patient and being treated medically, usually no restrictions from activity. .. If surgically treated, then usually restricted from straining or strenuous activity, from heavy lifting, from driving while taking narcotics or having significant pain, and from bath tubs or pools until wounds have completely healed. .. ...Read more

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How can constrictive pericarditis be treated?

How can constrictive pericarditis be treated?

Surgery: Most true constrictive pericarditis needs removal of a major portion of the pericardial sac. ...Read more

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Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

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 more

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What sort of disease is constrictive pericarditis?

What sort of disease is constrictive pericarditis?

Scar formation: Scar formation in the sac enclosing the heart leads to constriction of the heart and interfere with the pumping function. It causes back-up of blood in the liver and may present as heart failure. It may result from healed infections, e.g., tuberculosis or late effect of radiation to the chest. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of constrictive pericarditis?

What are the symptoms of constrictive pericarditis?

Varies: Can range from mild shortness of breathe with exertion to flash pulmonay edema and florid heart failure. ...Read more

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My son is diagnosed w/ pericarditis, pneumonia. Why?

PNEUMONIA: Pneumonia which is inflammation of the lungs can be complicated with pericarditis which is the inflammation of the pericardium. Intensive rx is done by the pulmonary specialist. It usually respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the leading cause of pericarditis for the elderly?

Viral: The leading cause is a viral infection, namely the coxsackie or echovirus. Some other causes include hypothyroidism or kidney failure. A good portion of the time a specific cause can't be determined, we call that "idiopathic". ...Read more

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Why can pericardiocentesis be used to diagnose pericarditis?

Examine fluid: The fluid identified on echo is aspirated (that is the pericardiocentesis)
it is examined for blood, infection, cellular contents
malignant cells
tuberculosis
bacteria, fungus or other causative agents
can be identified or grown in cultures. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pericarditis?

Anti-inflammatories: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the sack around the heart. It may be treated with drugs that reduce inflammation, such as nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, etc.) or prednisone. The pain is treated with narcotics. ...Read more

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How does uremia cause fibrinous pericarditis?

Unknown: No one knows what specific toxin (s) accumulate that can lead to uremic pericarditis - not everyone who has severe uremia will develop it. ...Read more

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Why are steroids contraindicated for pericarditis?

Not initially but...: Contraindicated in initial treatment of acute pericarditis as they can delay ventricular remodeling, cause dependency on the medication to prevent a return of symptoms and can theoretically reactivate the original viral infection. They could used if indicated for the underlying disease or the patient’s condition has no response to other meds. ...Read more

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Is calcific constrictive pericarditis still with us?

Is calcific constrictive pericarditis still with us?

Yes: Well it is rare to start with, hard to diagnose, and probably less common these days since tb, a major cause, is less common. ...Read more

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The difference between endocarditis and pericarditis?

Carditis: Endo- is the lining of the heart, peri is the covering over thehe art. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of pericarditis and pain?

What is the pathophysiology of pericarditis and pain?

Any irritant to the: ...Pericardium, whether infectious, traumatic, neoplastic, noxious and the like can initiate the mechanism of inflammation of the pericardium. Since this membrane covering the heart has pain fibers especially at the parietal aspect of it, pain signals are then upstream for the brain to sense them. The lining epithelium if the pericardium has pain fibers as well, including the epicardium. ...Read more

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What is the significance of tuberculosis pericarditis?

What is the significance of tuberculosis pericarditis?

Infection: It means that the lining surrounding the heart is infected with tb. It is a serious condition which fortunately has become rare in the U.S. ...Read more