- 1 WHAT IS IT?
- 2 WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?
- 3 WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
- 4 CLINCIAL WORKUP: OTHER
- 5 HOW DO WE RULE OTHER DIAGNOSES OUT?
- 6 HOW DO WE TREAT IT?
- 7 HOW WELL DO THE PATIENTS DO?
- 8 WAS THERE A WAY TO PREVENT IT?
- 9 WHAT ELSE ARE WE WORRIED ABOUT?
- 10 OTHER HY FACTS?
- 11 ARCHIVE OF STANDARDIZED EXAM QUESTIONS
- 12 FURTHER READING
WHAT IS IT?
Pericarditis refers to
There are a few different types of pericarditis that have different causes:
- Acute pericarditis: exactly as the name suggests, this is pericarditis that has an acute onset.
Causes can include: coxsackievirus, uremia, recent MI, tuberculosis
WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?
WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
Friction rub might be heard on auscultation.
Kussmaul sign may be present. This is an increase in JVP that occurs with inspiration (normally this should decrease).
CLINCIAL WORKUP: OTHER
- Electrical alternans: this finding is pathognomonic for pericardial effusion (which can be present with pericarditis.
HOW DO WE RULE OTHER DIAGNOSES OUT?
HOW DO WE TREAT IT?
HOW WELL DO THE PATIENTS DO?
WAS THERE A WAY TO PREVENT IT?
WHAT ELSE ARE WE WORRIED ABOUT?
OTHER HY FACTS?
Page Updated: 06.15.2016