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Pericarditis

Acute Pericarditis

  • Pericardial friction rub (which is a grating sound heard as the heart moves)
  • Sharp and usual sudden pain that usually starts over the sternum and radiates to the neck.

Chronic Pericarditis

  • Pericardial friction rub
  • Symptoms similar to those of chronic right sided heart failure (fluid retention, ascites, hepatomegaly)
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