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Which inflammatory diseases cause pericarditis?

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Dr. Steven Guyton
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Guyton
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Dr. Chong Kim
Internal Medicine

In brief: Many causes

Most common is viral pericarditis, but kidney failure, lupus, tuberculosis, some medications like Hydralazine and chemo drug bleomycin can cause pericarditis.

In brief: Many causes

Most common is viral pericarditis, but kidney failure, lupus, tuberculosis, some medications like Hydralazine and chemo drug bleomycin can cause pericarditis.
Dr. Chong Kim
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