ACUTE PERICARDITIS

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Etiologies

History

Chest pain, which may be intense, mimicking acute MI, but characteristically sharp, pleuritic, and positional (relieved by leaning forward); fever and palpitations are common (See Table 116-1). Typical pain may not be present in slowly developing pericarditis (e.g., tuberculous, post-irradiation, neoplastic, uremic).

TABLE 116-1: ETIOLOGIES OF PERICARDITIS
“Idiopathic”
Infections (particularly viral)
Connective tissue disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, SLE)
Post-cardiac injury (i.e., following heart surgery or myocardial infarction)
Uremia
Neoplasms
Mediastinal radiation therapy
Drug reaction (e.g., procainamide, hydralazine)

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