Pericarditis

Common Name(s)

Pericarditis

Pericarditis means inflammation of the pericardium, which is the thin sac that covers the outside of the heart. Pericarditis is often acute, meaning that it develops suddenly and lasts only a couple months. Pericarditis is usually caused by an infection, although injury, kidney failure, certain genetic conditions, and autoimmune diseases (where the body’s defense system attacks itself) can sometimes cause pericarditis. Chest pain is the most substantial symptom of pericarditis, though pain in the back and neck, difficulty breathing, dry cough and fatigue may also occur. A physician can diagnose pericarditis by asking questions and performing a physical exam. Blood tests may be performed to detect infections that might have contributed to pericarditis. Imaging tests, such as a chest x-ray, may also be done. Mild cases of pericarditis may get better without any treatment, however usually medication to reduce swelling and inflammation, such as ibuprofen, is prescribed.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Pericarditis" returned 738 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A case report of purulent pericarditis caused by Candida albicans: Delayed complication forty-years after esophageal surgery.
 

Author(s): Joowhan Sung, Irving Enrique Perez, Addi Feinstein, David Kidd Stein

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jul;97(28):e11286.

 

Candida pericarditis is a rare condition with high mortality. Risk factors include thoracic surgery and immunosuppression. We report a case of candida pericarditis which developed forty-years after esophageal reconstruction surgery.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Chylothorax and constrictive pericarditis in a woman due to generalized lymphatic anomaly: a case report.
 

Author(s): Hongchun Du, Mai Xiong, Huai Liao, Yifeng Luo, Huijuan Shi, Canmao Xie

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Generalized lymphatic anomaly (GLA) is characterized by diffuse or multicentric proliferation of dilated lymphatic vessels resembling common lymphatic malformations. Compared with soft tissue or bone involvement, thoracic involvement may be associated with a worse prognosis.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Tuberculous Pericarditis.
 

Author(s): Daniel Faria, Antonio Freitas

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2018 May;378(20):e27.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Pericarditis" returned 69 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Case report of an unusual combination of purulent pericarditis and false aneurysm of the ascending aorta.
 

Author(s): David Meier, Matthias Kirsch, Salah Dine Qanadli, Olivier Muller, Daniel Fishman, Catalina Trana

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Purulent pericarditis is an uncommon entity, which is, in very rare cases, associated to infection of the aorta.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Constrictive Pericarditis 5 Months after Radiation Therapy in a 62-Year-Old Woman with Esophageal Cancer.
 

Author(s): Beeletsega T Yeneneh, Sorcha Allen, Prasad Panse, Farouk Mookadam, William Rule

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Most pericardial changes appear within a few weeks in patients who have undergone radiation therapy for thoracic neoplasms. Chronic pericardial constriction typically occurs decades later, consequent to fibrosis. Early constrictive pericarditis after chest irradiation is quite rare. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Camptodactyly-Arthropathy-Coxa Vara-Pericarditis Syndrome with Shoulder Joint Involvement: A Case Report with Literature Review.
 

Author(s): Omar M Albtoush, Abtehag A Taib, Karam A Manzalawi, Waleed S Mahafza

Journal: Rofo. 2018 Sep;190(9):856-858.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Treatment of Acute Pericarditis With Anakinra
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acute Pericarditis

 

Last Updated: 11 May 2018

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Management of Pericarditis in Children.
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Pericarditis

 

Last Updated: 15 Aug 2017

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Prognostic Biomarkers in Patients With Acute Pericarditis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pericarditis

 

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2016

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