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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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