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1

What is the patho physiology of pericarditis?

Inflammation from injury/infection leads to increased capillary permeability and exudate formation in the pericardial space

2

What results of the exudate formation in the pericardial space?

Exudate puts external pressure on the heart which leads to decreased filling of the heart and decreased emptying which is a decreased CO

3

What types of exudate can form in the pericardial sac?

Fibrinous or fluid exudate

4

Is it better to have fluid or fibrin out exudate in pericarditis?

Fluid exudate because it displaces much easier during atrial and ventricular filling

5

What type of scar tissue is present in constrictive pericarditis?

Fibrinous scar tissue

6

In pericarditis, left sided lung infection often leads to ____ sided heart infection

Left

7

What are the "triad" manifestations of pericarditis?

Chest pain (especially during respiration and movement due to aggravating tissue)
Pericardial rub
ECG changes

8

What is the treatment for pericarditis?

Anti inflammatory drugs
Antibiotics if bacterial

9

What is pericarditis?

It is the inflammation of the pericardial space due to infection or injury