ACUTE PERICARDITIS ON EXAMPLE OF ILLUSTRATIVE CLINICAL CASE
Pericarditis is an important diagnosis to consider in a patient presenting with chest pain. This article describes the common features and management of pericarditis in the general practice setting on the example of clinical case. To the cardiologic department was admitted middle aged male. He complained of sharp retrosternal pain, and fever. The survey revealed distinctive features of pericarditis: pericardial friction rub on auscultation, diffuse PR segment depressions on ECG, pericardial effusion on echocardiography, but etiology was not elicit. Most cases are labeled as «idiopathic» because the traditional diagnostic approach often fails to identify the etiology. The presence of febrile fever and neutrophilic leukocytosis indicates that a bacterial etiology take place. Prompt antibacterial and anti-inflammatory treatment led to recovery of the patient. He was completely free of symptoms and had returned to his pre-morbid state.
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