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Pericarditis (cont.)

Outlook

Pericarditis usually resolves spontaneously within 3 months, though there is a possibility of recurrence intermittently for years. The use of ibuprofen may all that is required to combat flares of the disease. Pericarditis associated with tuberculosis, pus-producing bacterial infections, and cancer usually has a more guarded prognosis.

Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease

REFERENCES:

Spangler, S., et al., Pericarditis, Acute, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/156951-overview, 2008

Troughton RW, etal. Pericarditis. Lancet. 2004 Feb 28;363(9410): 717-27


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/25/2014

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