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Since most causes of pericarditis are idiopathic and are never found, it is difficult to predict or prevent this disease process.
Outlook for Pericarditis
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
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2015
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