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How long does pericarditis last?

How long does pericarditis last?

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

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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How long does it take to recover from pericarditis?

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 more

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How long should one rest (not work) after a pericarditis?

Varies: Based on the cause and your personal recovery time. Your cardiologist is the best judge of these factors ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to recover from viral pericarditis?

How long does it usually take to recover from viral pericarditis?

Depends: Usally days to weeks. Once the inflammation subsides. In some where there is pericardial fluid, it can take longer for the fluid to absorb. ...Read more

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My mom has pericarditis. Are there any long term problems after recovery?

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

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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

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

Doesn't 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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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 more

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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?

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

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How long could it take for winded sensation from drained pericardial effusion/ pericarditis to resolve. Idiopathic taking colchine and indocine.

How long could it take for winded sensation from drained pericardial effusion/ pericarditis to resolve. Idiopathic taking colchine and indocine.

Unpredictable: May be pulmonary and pleural components as well.
To be more specific ask your doc.
Periodic echo and x-ray return to normal will guide the therapy and response.

A month or two is likely. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis seen on CTA? Also can pericarditis be caused by dental abscess? And if so, how long after dental abscess would symptoms occur?

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 more

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If you have normal 2decho jan, 12 lead ecg, chest xray, how long would pleurisy or pericarditis take place or will it happen even normal test?

If you have normal 2decho jan, 12 lead ecg, chest xray, how long would pleurisy or pericarditis take place or will it happen even normal test?

Pleurisy and...: Pericarditis don't always show up on tests you had. They are appropriate to start the eval. Mri may help if pericarditis is a concern. Relief of central chest pain while leaning forward suggests pericardial source. Pain with deep inspiration, especially in either chest region, suggests pleurisy. Pleurisy tends to resolve over a few weeks. Pericarditis is much less predictable. Other sources poss? ...Read more

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How long does it take viral pericarditis w/ pericardial effusion to go away. I'm taking. 6 mg colchicine 1 daily and 200 mg ibuprofen 3x day?

Pericarditis: There is no firm time frame for resolution of this diagnosis. Most however will be significantly improved by a four to six week period. Some cases take longer and recurrence is not rare. ...Read more

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Effusion drained 2 weeks ago. Diangosis chronic and acute pericarditis. Still have lots of pain under left breast. Taking prescription how long until pain subsides?

Effusion drained 2 weeks ago. Diangosis chronic and acute pericarditis. Still have lots of pain under left breast. Taking prescription how long until pain subsides?

Depends: If you had a pericardial effusion treated by left anterior thoracotomy approach for pericardial window, it will take 2-6 weeks to heal. Pain can take some time. Be well.
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Fever in 2010. Antibioitics for few days (not long enough). Since then: idiopathic pain in ears/jaw, idiopathic pericarditis in 2013. Still tired/dizzy. Jaw/ears hurt mostly when I hav a cold. Lyme's?

Fever in 2010. Antibioitics for few days (not long enough). Since then: idiopathic pain in ears/jaw, idiopathic pericarditis in 2013. Still tired/dizzy. Jaw/ears hurt mostly when I hav a cold. Lyme's?

Good thought: Reasonable to test for lyme. You may have tmj. A way to tell is to open and close the jaw with a finger placed in the TMJ socket which is roughly the pocket created when one opens the mouth and places a finger directly in front of the ear canal right at the level of the sideburns. Softer foods, warm compresses and Motrin should help. Avoid gum chewing. Other option is migraine or mono. ...Read more

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Sob, dizzy, feet & hands tingling, bronchitis x 2 weeks ago. Urgent care last night said viral, pericarditis. Neck pain, feel faint. Albut barely helps?

Sob, dizzy, feet & hands tingling, bronchitis x 2 weeks ago. Urgent care last night said viral, pericarditis. Neck pain, feel faint. Albut barely helps?

You're ill: Viral illnesses must run their course. You're acutely ill right now. Go to bed. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and raise your BP (low BP is contributing to your weak, dizzy, faint feeling). Eat salty foods. Rest. Be patient. If not improving in 5 days, be re-evaluated. You would do well to establish a relationship with a family doc and not use urgent care so you have continuity of care. ...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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Pericarditis is what?

Pericarditis is what?

Inflammation: Inflammation of lining of heart secondary to multitude of causes. ...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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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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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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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
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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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Is weed grit a cause of pericarditis?

Pericaditis: I do not think weed grit causes pericarditis. ...Read more

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What are the effects of pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Most patients who suffere viral pericarditis have a limited disease that resolves in 2-3 weeks. Occasionally some patients have a more protracted course and with more severe symptoms. Some of these patiens go and develop chornic pericarditis with thickening of the prericardium and eventually symptoms of congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What are the core symptoms of pericarditis?

Chest pain, fatigue: The usual symptoms of pericarditis include sharp chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and possibly exercise intolerance. If the process is acute, or sudden onset (often from an infectious etiology), you may also have signs of infection such as fever, headache, muscle aches/pains, etc. ...Read more

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Do people recover easily from pericarditis?

Depends on cause: If mild and responsive to indomethacin, can recover after a few days. .. ...Read more

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What are the signs of pericarditis relapse?

What are the signs of pericarditis relapse?

Same symptoms: Relapses are hard to diagnose. Generally, if a condition relapses, you will feel the same symptoms as you had the first time. With pericarditis though, you can get a late constriction where you may feel swelling and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What technology is used to treat pericarditis?

What technology is used to treat pericarditis?

Usually drugs: Anti-inflammatory medications are the first line treatment - Ibuprofen and others, Colchicine and steroids may be needed. Rarely fluid may need to be drained with a pericardiocentesis. Surgery is rarely needed - a pericardial window or pericardiectomy if the heart is constricted by scarring. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis considered a chronic condition?

Pericarditis: No, pericarditis is generally not considered to be a chronic condition but it can recur in about 15-30% of people who have so-called acute, idiopathic (unknown cause) pericarditis that previously responded to treatment. ...Read more

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What is pericarditis and what are the symptoms?

What is pericarditis and what are the symptoms?

Chest pain: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. The causes are multiple, including viral, bacterial, post heart attack, etc. The principal symptom is chest pain, which can change with position. Treatment is to clear the underlying problem and control the inflammation. ...Read more