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My sister says she has pericarditis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not
The usual cause of pericarditis is a virus and/or is "idiopathic" (doctor talk for we don't know the cause).
These do not affect family. Rarer causes are cancer, TB or bacterial infections, also unlikely to be familial. Some autoimmune diseases may run in families but are very uncommon. So, in short, almost certainly not a worry.

In brief: Probably not
The usual cause of pericarditis is a virus and/or is "idiopathic" (doctor talk for we don't know the cause).
These do not affect family. Rarer causes are cancer, TB or bacterial infections, also unlikely to be familial. Some autoimmune diseases may run in families but are very uncommon. So, in short, almost certainly not a worry.
Dr. Edward Hoffer
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Not likely.

In brief: No
Not likely.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
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