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Pericarditis -- Child

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Treatment

Treatment options include:

Medication

The doctor may recommend medication to:
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Manage pain—may be over-the-counter or prescription medication depending on the degree of pain
Antibiotics may be given if the pericarditis is associated with a bacterial infection.

Procedures

For severe pericarditis, your child may need:
  • Pericardiocentesis—fluid around the heart is removed with a needle
  • Pericadiectomy—the sac around the heart is removed—rarely done
 

RESOURCES

American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Cardiovascular Society
http://www.ccs.ca

Canadian Family Physician
http://www.cfp.ca

 

References


Acute pericarditis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 28, 2013. Accessed December 3, 2013.


Pediatric pericarditis. Cincinnati Children's website. Available at: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/heart/diagnose/peri.htm. Updated November 2013. Accessed December 3, 2013.


Pericarditis. Seattle Children's Hospital website. Available at http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/heart-blood-conditions/pericarditis-symptoms/. Accessed December 3, 2013.

 

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