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What could cause an infection around the heart?
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: Pericarditis
Very familiar, usually a virus that we can actually sometimes culture, self-curing and seldom dangerous though quite uncomfortable.
A nearby pneumonia or tuberculosis can present a more serious cause of pericarditis. I trust you are otherwise in good health, hiv-negative and not taking tetracycline, which rules out a variety of other concerns.

In brief: Pericarditis
Very familiar, usually a virus that we can actually sometimes culture, self-curing and seldom dangerous though quite uncomfortable.
A nearby pneumonia or tuberculosis can present a more serious cause of pericarditis. I trust you are otherwise in good health, hiv-negative and not taking tetracycline, which rules out a variety of other concerns.
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