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Doctor insights on: Most Common Cause Of Pericarditis

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What causes pericarditis?

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

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 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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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 are the causes of causes constrictive pericarditis?

What are the causes of causes constrictive pericarditis?

Multiple: Pericardial inflammation can occur from renal failure, tb, malignancy, bacterial infection or most commonly, viral inflammation. Also rheumatoid disease and other autoimmune problems. After a heart attack, dressler's syndrome is inflammation of the pericardium and after heart surgery, blood or fluid can accumulate and cause inflammation. Radiation is also a source. All can lead to constrictive per. Read more

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Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

Varied: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma, can cause pericarditis. Kidney failure (uremic pericarditis), tumors, genetic diseases such as familial mediterranean fever, or rarely, medications that suppress the immune system can also be the cause. In a number of cases of pericarditis, the cause is unknown. This is referred to as idiopathic pericarditis. Read more

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Is it possible for a rib injury to cause pericarditis?

Yes but rarely: Blunt trauma to the chest, with or without rib injuries, is a recognized but rare cause of pericarditis. Read more

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Why do I keep getting recurring episodes of pericarditis? Will it cause harm to me later on in life?

Pericarditis: Relapses can occur w/ idiopathic ("we don't know what caused it") pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac around the heart. Treatment w/ steroids may increase the chance of chronic relapses, so trying to treat it w/ nonsteroidal drugs is probably best. Other causes of pericarditis include autoimmune disorders eg, lupus. Consult an internal medicine, cardiology, or rheumatology doctor. Read more

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What are the causes hepatomegaly in constrictive pericarditis?

Venous Pressure: There is increased venous pressure because the venous return is impaired. Read more

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How does uremia cause fibrinous pericarditis?

Unknown: No one knows what specific toxin (s) accumulate that can lead to uremic pericarditis - not everyone who has severe uremia will develop it. Read more

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Can pericarditis cause elevated myoglobin but normal troponin?

Can pericarditis cause elevated myoglobin but normal troponin?

Unlikely: If the source of myoglobin is cardiac, troponin will be positive as well. If myoglobin was elevated with a negative troponin, other possible sources of myoglobin should be considered. Discuss with your doctor. Read more

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What causes a big liver in constrictive pericarditis?

Constrictive pericar: Causes a decrease of inflow of blood into the right atrium and right ventricle so blood backs up into the liver. 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 makes peritonitis, pleurisy, and pericarditis cause a great deal of pain?

What makes peritonitis, pleurisy, and pericarditis cause a great deal of pain?

Inflammation: All of the conditions are caused by inflammation. That means there is irritation of nerve endings leading to pain. Pleurisy is also called pleuritis. In medical terminology, the ending -itis means inflammation. Read more

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What would cause a 16 year old to have chest pains; could she have pericarditis?

What would cause a 16 year old to have chest pains; could she have pericarditis?

Yes, but: Pericarditis is possible as a cause of chest pain at 16 but not a common one. Things like pain within the moving joints of the chest bone, heart burn from stomach backwash or pleursy from the lung linings would be more common. If the pain intensifies with laying down but less so when upright your pcp may want to consider an ekg and cardiac enzymes to rule this out. Read more