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Pericardial disease 

Pericardial disease
Pericardial disease

Michael Henein



Use of colchicine in pericarditis.

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date: 15 December 2018

The most common clinical presentations of pericardial disease are pericarditis, effusion, tamponade, and constriction.

The most common proven causes are viral infection or as a complication of myocardial infarction, but a wide range of other conditions including autoimmune rheumatic disorders and tuberculosis need to be considered. No firm cause is established in many cases, which are regarded as ‘idiopathic’ (presumed viral)....

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