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Pericarditis (cont.)

Pericarditis Prevention

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


Spangler, S., et al., Pericarditis, Acute,, 2008

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

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2015

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