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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was given anti inflammatory medicine the night before an echocardiogram to check for pericarditis. Could this have affected the results?
Pericarditis: No, anti inflammatory medicine will not affect the results. ...Read more
16 yr old boy had Chest pain 2wks ago,had ecg,Dr said pericarditis,gave anti inflammatory meds.now chest pain gone but hr is 165 and irregular.Normal?
See Dr. ASAP: No, this isn't normal. Please see the Dr. ASAP for evaluation. ...Read more
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
Scar formation: Scar formation in the sac enclosing the heart leads to constriction of the heart and interfere with the pumping function. It causes back-up of blood in the liver and may present as heart failure. It may result from healed infections, e.g., tuberculosis or late effect of radiation to the chest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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