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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

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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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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

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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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