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Hi! I worry for my wife. She had chest pain. She had ECG, and exam and doctor diagnosed pericarditis. Please tell me what pericarditis is. What is treatment?

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Hi! Inflammation of the pericardium is called pericarditis. I had pericarditis. Because my condition was serious I had draining the fluid. During this procedure a thin hollow needle is carefully inserted through the chest wall into the area of accumulated fluid, and the fluid is drained through the needle. Maybe your wife doesn’t need draining the fluid. Other treatment can include aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Rarely, stronger antiinflammatory therapy is needed and steroids are prescribed. Pericarditis can return after therapy.
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