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How common is pericarditis?

How common is pericarditis?

Not terribly common: Pericarditis is frequently caused by a virus. Sometimes it is the result of trauma or a heart attack. It can be very painful. It is often treated with antiinflammatory drugs. ...Read more

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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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What are the most common symptoms of pericarditis?

What are the most common symptoms of pericarditis?

Chest pain: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. When this occurs, the typical symptom is chest pain, which can change with change in position. It can also change with breathing or exertion. ...Read more

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What do peritonitis pleurisy and pericarditis have in common?

What do peritonitis pleurisy and pericarditis have in common?

Inflammarion/ fluid: They all mean inflammation and often fluid accumulation in different bodily cavities (abdominal, chest and heart). ...Read more

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What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

Poor heart pumping: Pericarditis, by preventing the heart from moving properly, may result in worsening heart failure. This can be corrected by relieving fluid accumulation or, in some cases, by opening or removing the pericardium. ...Read more

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9 yr old son w recurrent pericarditis+effusion & chronic erythema nodosum, ruled out common diseases. Meaning of CH50 High, CD19 High & CD 16/56 High?

9 yr old son w recurrent pericarditis+effusion & chronic erythema nodosum, ruled out common diseases. Meaning of CH50 High, CD19 High & CD 16/56 High?

White blood cells: White blood cells and inflammation. The CD designations are for surface proteins on white blood cells. In this case, B lymphocytes and NK cells, both of which are found in healthy immune responses. ...Read more

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What is pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Pericarditis is inflammation of the tissue covering of the heart. It is commonly caused by viruses and sometimes other infections or inflammatory diseases. There are other causes also. The viral form generally goes away itself but can recur. Other forms may need special treatment like drainage of the pericardial sac to remove fluid if it interferes with heart function. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis painful?

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 severity of the pain often varies with the underlying cause. In addition, the pain is often improved with sitting up and leaning forward. As with any case of chest pain, a full medical evaluation is warrented are prolongend, recurrant or persistant. ...Read more

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What causes pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Pericarditis is inflammation of the tissue covering of the heart. It is commonly caused by viruses and sometimes other infections or inflammatory diseases. There are other causes also. The viral form generally goes away itself but can recur. Other forms may need special treatment like drainage of the pericardial sac to remove fluid if it interferes with heart function. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis inherited?

Is pericarditis inherited?

No: There are many causes of pericarditis, usually infectious or immunologic in origin, with therapy dictated by the underlying cause. But it is not thought to be a heritable condition. ...Read more

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What can cause pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Long list of causes but I will limit to: most common: viral, metabolic (kidney disease - uremic), after myocardial infarction or open heart surgery. Less common: bacterial infection, tuberculosis etc... ...Read more

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Is pericarditis communicable?

Is pericarditis communicable?

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-immune conditions such as lupus and certain types of arthritis. Infection (which is theoretically contagious) is a less common cause and does not usually spread to other people in most circumstances. ...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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How can you treat pericarditis?

How can you treat pericarditis?

NSAIDS: Pericarditis is inflamation. Of the sack around the heart. Anti-inflamatories such as Motrin are helpful. Steroids are used in severe cases. Colchicine has been shown to help in some cases. ...Read more

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How long does pericarditis last?

Pericarditis: It varies with the cause and how quickly the patient responds to treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pericarditis?

What are symptoms of pericarditis?

Irritation: The heart (cardium) exists in a sac (like a zip lock bag) called the pericardium. Irritation from viral or bacterial or TB infection, heart attack, rheumatic and other disease can cause irritation and pain of pericarditis. Hear a rub, may feel a rubbing sensation. Pain sometimes relieved by leaning forward. Must be very uncomfortable, . ...Read more

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Why is having pericarditis painful?

Nerves: The pericardium is inflamed when there is pericarditis. There are nerves that connect to the pericardium. So just as you might get pain in an inflamed joint, the inflammation of the pericaridum causes pain. Medications that help such joint pain are also useful for the pain of pericarditis. ...Read more

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