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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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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 sort of disease is constrictive pericarditis?

What sort of disease is constrictive pericarditis?

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 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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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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