Pericarditis is an inflammation of the thin sac that surrounds the heart. The most common viruses causing the disease are enteroviruses while the most common bacteria infecting the pericardium are the pyogenic cocci (Neisseria, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus). Chronic pericarditis is most commonly caused by M. tuberculosis or Histoplasma capsulatum. There is also a noninfectious pericarditis; causes include disease of the underlying heart muscle, injury, and other diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, or kidney failure.

Overviews - Full text articles - Diagnosis & Treatment - Research projects

Electrocardiographic Manifestations and Differential Diagnosis of Acute Pericarditis - by Mark A. Marinella, M.D., Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio.

Pericarditis by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Pericarditis by MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia - updated by H. Jacqueline Suk, M.D., Department of Cardiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

Purulent Pericarditis - by Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Pericarditis by Zena & Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute - Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Pericarditis by Texas Heart Institute

Pericarditis by RUSH

Pericarditis by Dr. Joseph F. Smith Medical Library - from CHC Wausau Hospital's Medical Library.

Pericarditis by the Merck Manual

Pericarditis by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Pericarditis by Boston University Medical Center

Pericarditis by Loyola University Health System

Myocarditis/Pericarditis - by University of Chicago Children's Hospitals.

Pericarditis and Cardiac Tamponade from eMedicine - by Verena T Valley, MD, Director of Ultrasound, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

Pericarditis from Virtual Naval Hospital

Pericarditis by Ruth Hobson RN

Amoebic Pericarditis - by Dr. O.P. Kapoor.

Pericarditis by Cardiologychannel

Camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa vara-pericarditis syndrome (CACP) - by Case Western Reserve University.

Pericarditis by InteliHealth

Uraemic Pericarditis - by Dr. Wan.

Pericarditis by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

Constrictive Pericarditis - Purpose: evaluate contrictive pericarditis vs. restrictive cardiomyopathy - by David A. Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Radiology.

Case reports

Johns Hopkins Arthritis - Case report on rheumatoid pericarditis - by Michael Westerman, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Geriatric Medicine, JHU, Meliha Shah, M.D. Resident in Internal Medicine.

32 year old man with HIV and purulent pericarditis - by Aruna K. Subramanian, M.D.

Cardiac Tamponade Secondary To Suppurative Pericarditis - a case report and review of the literature by Christopher A Reising, MD., M. Jadali, MD, FACS, Norman Paradise, Ph.D.

Constrictive pericarditis due to Coccidiomycosis - by John L Faul, MD, Khanh Hoang, MD, Joseph Schmoker, MD, Randall H Vagelos, MD, Gerald J Berry, MD., Stanford University Medical Center.

Pericarditis by Stephen Schmitter, M.D. and Tom R. Miller, M.D., Ph.D. - a 84 year-old woman with progressive shortness of breath and lower extremity edema.

Directories - Hubs

Pericarditis by DMOZ

Pericardial Diseases Clinical Resources - by College of Community Health Sciences University of Alabama.

Acute Pericarditis - by Hal B. Jenson, M.D. and Robert S. Baltimore, M.D.

Images - Slides

Constrictive Pericarditis of the Heart

Heart, pericarditis, acute, purulent - by the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign.

Acute Purulent Pericarditis - an alcoholic man presented with a fever and lung infiltrate, was begun on antibiotics, but died before the antibiotics had time to take effect.

Pericarditis by Bristol Biomedical Image Archive - University of Bristol

Differentiation of Constrictive Pericarditis and Restrictive Cardiomyopathy - by University of Texas Medical Branch Division of Cardiology Slide Library.

Pericarditis and Myocardial Disease - slides by Brian Angus.


Constrictive Pericarditis - by Anurag Mehta, M.D., Mahaveer Mehta, M.D., Abnash C. Jain, M.D., Section of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.

Primary Pericardial Mesothelioma Presenting As Constrictive Pericarditis - a case report by Atsushi Watanabe, MD; Jun-ichi Sakata, MD; Hideki Kawamura, MD; Osamu Yamada, MD; Tsutomu Matsuyama, MD.

Interventions for treating tuberculous pericarditis (Cochrane Review) - by Mayosi BM, Volmink JA, Commerford PJ.

Arrhythmias in Acute Pericarditis - by Arsen D. Ristic, Bernhard Maisch, Günter Hufnagel, Petar M. Seferovic, Sabine Pankuweit, Miodrag Ostojic, Roland Moll, Eckhardt Olsen, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

New therapeutic protocol in recurrent pericarditis in children and young adults - by Zavota, G. Ricciardi, U. Squarcia, P. Tammaro, A. Agnetti, C. Tedeschi, N. Carano, F. de Leva.

The gene for the camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa vara-pericarditis syndrome (CACP) encodes a secreted proteoglycan that is essential to normal joint function - by J. Marcelino, J.D. Carpten, W.M. Suwairi, S. Schwartz, C. Robbins, R. Sood, I. Makalowska, A. Baxevanis, B. Johnstone, R.M. Laxer, L. Zemel, C.A. Kim, J.K. Herd, J. Ihle, C. Williams, M. Johnson, V. Raman, S.A. Bahabri, J.M. Trent, M.L. Warman.

Constrictive pericarditis after radiotherapy of Hodgkin’s disease assessed by MRI - by P. Alter, S. Neubauer, R. Moosdorf, B. Maisch.

Immunoglobulin treatment and recurrent pericarditis - by R. Di Martino , M. Zanchetta, P.A. Formentin , P. Maiolino, Cittadella Hospital.

Calcific Constrictive Pericarditis - by American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine.

Pericarditis - CPK levels - from the Department of Medicine & Grady Branch Library, Emory University School of Medicine.

PDF, DOC Files

A Case of Effusive-Constrictive Pericarditis After Cardiac Surgery - by Masahiro Ito, MD; Yasuhiko Tanabe, MD; Kaoru Suzuki, MD; Makoto Kumakura, MD; Kenji Nakayama, MD; Hiroshi Kanazawa, MD; Yoshihiko Yamazaki, MD; and Yoshifusa A Izawa, MD.

Intrapericardial Treatment of Inflammatory and Neoplastic Pericarditis Guided by Pericardioscopy and Epicardial Biopsy-Results - by Bernhard Maisch, M.D., Sabine Pankuweit, Ph.D., Christian Brilla, M.D., Reinhard C. Funck, M.D., Bernd C. Simon, M.D., Wolfram Grimm, M.D., Matthiash Erzum, M.D., Gunter Hufnagel, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany.

Pericarditis by Rachel Peake & Ann Kirkness

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