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What is the difference between endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis?

What is the difference between endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis?

Different structures: Endocarditis refers to an infection of the heart valves. Myocarditis is inflammation/infection of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is inflammation the pericardium which is the sac surrounding the heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Endocarditis (Definition)

An infection of the inner lining of your heart. It generally occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart. Left untreated, endocarditis can damage or destroy your heart valves and can ...Read more


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Can you have endocarditis or myocarditis without fever?

Can you have endocarditis or myocarditis without fever?

Never seen it: highly unlikely. These illnesses are quite toxic and usually make one feverish ...Read more

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How do pericarditis myocarditis and endocarditis develop?

How do pericarditis myocarditis and endocarditis develop?

Similar & different: Infection can cause all three of these entities, however combination of all three is rather uncommon. Endocarditis is typically caused by a bacteria and rarely as an end result of major illness (lupus, etc.), myocarditis is very typically viral in etiology, and pericarditis can be infectious in etiology, or due to radiation, connective tissue disease (lupus or the like) or renal failure. ...Read more

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How do pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis differ?

Location: Each of these involves infection or inflammation of the heart. Pericarditis is infection or inflammation of the outside lining of the heart. Myocarditis is inflammation or infection of the heart muscle. Endocarditis is infection or inflammation of the heart valves. ...Read more

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Can you define pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis. How do these various conditions differ? How are they diagnosed and treated?

Can you define pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis. How do these various conditions differ? How are they diagnosed and treated?

It varies: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac around the heart that is often treated with antiinflammatories but may need surgery. Myocarditis can be a serious, often viral infection of the heart muscle. Treatment could be medication, artificial heart support or even a transplant. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart valves that may respond to antibiotics but might need a valve replacement. ...Read more

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What is the difference between infective and non-infective endocarditis?

See below: Infective endocarditis is infection of one or more heart valves by a microorganism. Non-infective endocarditis is inflammation of a heart valve not caused by an infection. Nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis is found in patients with malignancy, chronic wasting diseases, rheumatic and congenetal heart diseases and autoimmune diseases such as sle. ...Read more

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How do u no difference between myocarditis and flu?

How do u no difference between myocarditis and flu?

Complex: Myocarditis symptoms include chest pain (often "stabbing" in character), congestive heart failure (leading to edema, breathlessness and liver congestion) Palpitations (due to arrhythmias), and may lead to abrupt death. Influenza is an illness with fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea (more in kids). ...Read more

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General question how can you tell the difference between a cold and myocarditis people die after suffering 'cold symptoms' can you explain? please

Myocarditis: people often die after no symptoms, they can die with cold symptoms and other things. You have a fixation on myocarditis and need help handling this. Please seek professional psychology help to help you handle this problem. ...Read more

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Please answer how do u no difference between flu and myocarditis how common is fatal myocarditis in uk ?

Please answer how do u no difference between flu and myocarditis how common is fatal myocarditis in uk ?

Too rare to worry: This is at least the fourth time you have asked about this very rare medical condition, and you have had reassuring replies or agreement from several HealthTap doctors. You're obviously obsessed with it. The main problem here is one of mental health. Please discuss this with your primary care doctor, or consider professional counseling. I suggest it from compassion, not criticism. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please tell me the difference between pericarditis and bacterial endocarditis?

Please tell me the difference between pericarditis and bacterial endocarditis?

Difference: Pericarditis is inflammation of the lining around the heart - the pericardium, generally with a fluid collection between the pericardium and the heart. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, generally on a valve surface, either natural or artificial. ...Read more

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What's difference (symptom wise) between Myocarditis & Giant cell myocarditis? I was tested for myocarditis 2 years ago- negative. Still symptomatic?

Diagnosis difficult: Myocarditis is a difficult diagnosis to make, since it can mimic other diseases, & mistakenly be "ruled out" as a cause of disease. Heart biopsy is only way to verify its suspicion, but procedure itself may be more risky than its worth. In addition, biopsy can miss patches of myocarditis, giving false reassurance that it's absent. Many types of myocarditis, idiopathic & viral most common. ...Read more

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and myocarditis ---whats the difference?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and myocarditis ---whats the difference?

Not the same: These are two completely different problems. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is genetic, and myocarditis is infectious. Both affect the heart muscle, but in different ways. ...Read more

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Can any one please explain what are the differences between adult infective endocarditis and pediatric infective endocarditis ?

Can any one please explain what are the differences between adult infective endocarditis and pediatric infective endocarditis ?

They are similar: Both are life-threatening conditions that involve bacteria growing on the valves of the heart. Bacteria from the body or from tics can cause overwhelming illness, or destroy the electrical system of the heart. Because adults tend to have stiffer hearts with more calcium deposits, surgery is more often needed to cure the illness. Either way, long courses of intravenous antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get myocarditis?

Maybe: Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscles) may occur from a variety of sources. In addition to viral infections there are bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and other inciting organisms. In addition one can have cancerous myocarditis and also a variety of metabolic conditions can also cause this (hemochromatosis, e.g.). Cannot calculate the overall frequency with which these occur. ...Read more

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Can u die from myocarditis without knowing anything wrong ?

Unfortunately, yes: Acute myocarditis usually results from viral infection of the heart muscle, and causes weakness and difficulty breathing. It often follows other flu-like symptoms by several weeks. An infrequent complication is sudden death due to heart rhythm disturbances. In most victims, the arrhythmias occur after the diagnosis is known, but occasionally death may occur as an early complication. ...Read more

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If you had once b4 myocarditis can you get it again? Thanks

Yes: There are multiple causes of myocarditis and having it once does not provide immunity. In fact same types of myocarditis may recur, e.g., rheumatic myocariditis. ...Read more

Dr. Vipin Khetarpal
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Myocarditis (Definition)

Inflammation of the middle layer ...Read more