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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.
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