Pericarditis - Definition and Diagnostic Criteria
Acute ...

Pericarditis - Definition and Diagnostic Criteria

Acute Pericarditis 

 • Inflammatory pericardial syndrome to be diagnosed with at least 2 of the 4 following criteria:

   (1) pericarditic chest pain

   (2) pericardial rubs

   (3) new widespread ST-elevation or PR depression on ECG

   (4) pericardial effusion (new or worsening)

 • Additional supporting findings:

   - Elevation of markers of inflammation (i.e. C-reactive protein, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and white blood cell count);

   - Evidence of pericardial inflammation by an imaging technique (CT. CMR).

Incessant Pericarditis: Pericarditis lasting for >4-6 weeks but <3 months without remission.

Recurrent Pericarditis: Recurrence of pericarditis after a documented first episode of acute pericarditis and a symptom-free interval of 4-6 weeks or longer.

Chronic Pericarditis: Pericarditis lasting > 3 months.

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Dr. Gerald Diaz
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