Pericarditis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: What Is RA And The Outcome?

The majority of patients develop pericarditis after the onset of rheumatoid arthritis; however, pericarditis may precede rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in some patients due to the complications of the inflammation process that can occur during, or after a pericarditis flare. Evaluating the origin of pericardial effusion in patients may help with the early …

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Pericarditis and Sarcoidosis Diagnosis: How It Affects You

What Is Sarcoidosis? Sarcoidosis was originally called Hutchinson’s disease or Boeck’s disease – named after Dr. Hutchinson and Dr. Boeck, who were both researching this disease independently. Dr. Boeck renamed this disease Sarcoidosis, which stems from the Greek words “oid” and “sark”, meaning “flesh-like”. These words describe frequently occurring skin …

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Causes of Pericarditis

There are many causes of pericarditis, but it is often a complication of a viral infection (viral pericarditis) – usually a gastrointestinal virus, or less commonly the flu virus or AIDS. It may also be caused by a bacterial infection (bacterial pericarditis), fungal infection (fungal pericarditis) or parasitic infection (parasitic …

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