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How Long Does Pericarditis Last
Depends: Infectious pericarditis can be the result of viruses, bacterial or fungal infectiions. Viral pericarditis is usually self limited and usually lasts 2-4 weeks, less with anti-inflammatory treatment. Bacterial or fungal pericarditis is much more serious and can be life threatening (fortunately it is rather uncommon). Tuberculosis can cause pericarditis and can take months to resolve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Based on the cause and your personal recovery time. Your cardiologist is the best judge of these factors ...Read more
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
Pericarditis for 12years w/ pericardial effusions, but I have only had the classic symptom of pain when laying down once. That was w/ last flair. why?
Effusion: Subacute or chronic effusions are often painless ...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
What is organizing fibrinous pericarditis diagnosis from tissue obtained during a pericardial window? What are the short term and long term implications?
Likely inflammatory: The most likely possibilities are viral, idiopathic (meaning we don't know), rheumatologic (ie lupus or rheumatoid arthritis), cancer or other infection. If it's not cancer, then it is most likely inflammatory. It should be treated with anti inflammatories and observation. It should be monitored long term by a cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had pericarditis back in September last year, I still have the odd pain in my chest and my right arm has started going dead lot, It is also painful?
ECHO: I suggest doing a Echocardiogram to follow up to make sure that there is no residual or accumulating pericardial effusion. Odd pains are some times common after an episode of pericarditis. Unclear why your R arm is going dead - could be positional... Have a doc check up to make sure that the blood flow in R arm is adequate and not compromised (can be done by comparing pulse in both arms) ...Read more