Pericarditis -- Child
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- Weakened immune system that is not able to fight off infections and other diseases
- Surgery to repair heart defects or heart disease
- Infection from virus, bacteria, parasite, or fungus
- Chest trauma or injury
- Autoimmune disorders, like systemic lupus erythematosus
- Shortness of breath
- Fever and chills
- Pain when swallowing
- Weakness and fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood tests
- Decrease inflammation
- Manage pain—may be over-the-counter or prescription medication depending on the degree of pain
- Pericardiocentesis—fluid around the heart is removed with a needle
- Pericadiectomy—the sac around the heart is removed—rarely done
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca
Canadian Family Physician http://www.cfp.ca
Acute pericarditis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 28, 2013. Accessed December 3, 2013.
Pediatric pericarditis. Cincinnati Children's website. Available at: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/heart/diagnose/peri.htm. Updated November 2013. Accessed December 3, 2013.
Pericarditis. Seattle Children's Hospital website. Available at http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/heart-blood-conditions/pericarditis-symptoms/. Accessed December 3, 2013.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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