Dressler’s syndrome

A condition that can occur following a myocardial infarction or heart surgery.

A group of symptoms that can occur days, weeks or months after a heart attack or heart surgery.

Usually develops several days to several weeks after a heart attack.

Associated wirh inflammation of the pericardium.

Thought to be an autoimmune disease.

A secondary form of pericarditis that occurs in the setting of injury to the heart or the pericardium.

Also known as postmyocardial infarction syndrome and post-pericardiotomy pericarditis syndrome.

Symptoms include chest pain, much like that experienced during a heart attack, and fever.

Less common than it used to be, but may recur.

Also known as postpericardiotomy, post-myocardial infarction syndrome and post-cardiac injury syndrome.

Largely a self limiting disease that very rarely leads to pericardial tamponade.

Syndrome consists of a persistent low-grade fever, pleuritic chest pain, a pericardial friction rub, and /or a pericardial effusion.

The symptoms tend to subside in a few days.

An elevated ESR is an objective laboratory finding.

Suspected to result from an autoimmune inflammatory reaction to myocardial neo-antigens.

In the setting of myocardial infarction, occurs in about 7% of cases.

Typically treated with NSAIDs such as aspirin or with corticosteroids.

Corticosteroids are reserved for rare cases and are seldom required.

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