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What is the difference between endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis?

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Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Different structures

Endocarditis refers to an infection of the heart valves.
Myocarditis is inflammation/infection of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is inflammation the pericardium which is the sac surrounding the heart.

In brief: Different structures

Endocarditis refers to an infection of the heart valves.
Myocarditis is inflammation/infection of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is inflammation the pericardium which is the sac surrounding the heart.
Dr. Jeffrey Everett
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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on which

Itis is a suffix indicating inflammation .
If the pericardium , the sack around the heart is inflamed then it called pericarditis . If it's the muscle itself it's called myocarditis . If the valves are damaged and inflamed then it's endocarditis.

In brief: Depends on which

Itis is a suffix indicating inflammation .
If the pericardium , the sack around the heart is inflamed then it called pericarditis . If it's the muscle itself it's called myocarditis . If the valves are damaged and inflamed then it's endocarditis.
Dr. Mark Rasak
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Dr. Martin Raff
Actually endocarditis, inflammation of the lining of the heart (endocardium) can occur in areas other than the valves, including outflow tracts, septi, and the mural endocardium.
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