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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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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

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

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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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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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