Pericarditis

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Summary 1) First Aid for the Basic Sciences: Organ Systems by Tao Le

Pericarditis is the inflammation of the pericardium.

Causes 2) First Aid for the Basic Sciences: Organ Systems by Tao Le

ECG – ST segment elevation with reciprocal ST segment depression (Wikipedia)

  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Radiation
  • Hydralazine
  • Infections
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Cardiac Infarction
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Injury
  • Neoplasms 
  • Dressler’s Syndrome

Symptoms 3) Rapid Review Pathology by Edward Goljan

  • Tachycardia
  • Fever
  • Precordial Chest Pain
  • Pericardial Friction Rub

Echocardiogram – Pericardial thickening with small effusion (Elsevier)

Diagnosis 4)First Aid for the Basic Sciences: Organ Systems by Tao Le5)Rapid Review Pathology by Edward Goljan

  • ECG  ST-segment elevation
  • Cardiac Enzyme  normal CK-MB but usually increased Troponin I and T

Treatment 6) Rapid Review Pathology by Edward Goljan

  • Treatment of underlying cause.

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