Dressler's Syndrome

Dressler’s Syndrome is a form of Pericarditis that typically occurs after a Myocardial Infarction.

Previous damage to the outer lining of the heart or pericardium is common.

This is known as a “secondary” pericarditis

Can be a recurrence of pain

When Dressler’s syndrome occurs it can be weeks to months following surgery or Myocardial Infarction.

Large effusions may occur and can be common and treatment often centers around Inflammation.

*** – if you have had Dressler’s Syndrome previously – it is common to have a recurrence

 

Symptoms

–  Joint pain
–  Chest pain
–  Fever
–  Fatigue

 

Causes:

–  Previous MI
–  Autoimmune disorder
–  Following heart surgery

 

Treatment

. Aspirin
. Steroid
. Colchicinemay help prevent recurrences over long term

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