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Is pericarditis contagious?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Not usually

Pericarditis is inflammation of the sack surrounding the heart.
Can be painful and life-threatening if associated with significant fluid accumulation compromising blood return to heart. In U.S., there may be infectious causes, e.g., tuberculosis, but these are not transmissible to others.

In brief: Not usually

Pericarditis is inflammation of the sack surrounding the heart.
Can be painful and life-threatening if associated with significant fluid accumulation compromising blood return to heart. In U.S., there may be infectious causes, e.g., tuberculosis, but these are not transmissible to others.
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh
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In brief: Usually not

Some viral and bacterial diseases can be transmitted even before the pericardium is affected.

In brief: Usually not

Some viral and bacterial diseases can be transmitted even before the pericardium is affected.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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