Flashcards in Pericarditis Deck (9):
What is the patho physiology of pericarditis?
Inflammation from injury/infection leads to increased capillary permeability and exudate formation in the pericardial space
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
What types of exudate can form in the pericardial sac?
Fibrinous or fluid exudate
Is it better to have fluid or fibrin out exudate in pericarditis?
Fluid exudate because it displaces much easier during atrial and ventricular filling
What type of scar tissue is present in constrictive pericarditis?
Fibrinous scar tissue
In pericarditis, left sided lung infection often leads to ____ sided heart infection
What are the "triad" manifestations of pericarditis?
Chest pain (especially during respiration and movement due to aggravating tissue)
What is the treatment for pericarditis?
Anti inflammatory drugs
Antibiotics if bacterial