Acute Pericarditis

Acute Pericarditis

Urgent message: This case underscores the importance of not “anchoring” to a previous provider’s diagnosis and always remembering that medical conditions are dynamic. JOHN J. KOEHLER, MD, and DANIEL MURAUSKI, DO IntroductionAcute pericarditis is defined as inflammation of the pericardium that surrounds the heart and the base of the great vessels. The classical presentation consists of chest pain, a pericardial friction rub, and serial changes on electrocardiogram (EKG). Although data on the incidence of pericarditis …

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