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Acta Chirurgica Latviensis

The Journal of Riga Stradins University; Latvian Association of Surgeons; Latvian Association of Paediatric Surgeons

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Recurrent Pericarditis in a Pediatric Patient

Elina Ligere
  • Department for Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Children's University Hospital, Riga, Latvia
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/ Marija Leznina / Aris Lacis
  • Department for Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Children's University Hospital, Riga, Latvia
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/ Inta Bergmane
  • Department for Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Children's University Hospital, Riga, Latvia
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/ Valts Ozolins
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/ Lauris Smits
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Published Online: 2012-07-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10163-012-0038-0

Recurrent Pericarditis in a Pediatric Patient

Recurrent pericarditis is a chronic condition with the recurrence of pericardial effusion within 3 months after the documented acute pericarditis. The knowledge about this disease is based on observations in adults (6). The common identifiable causes of pericardial effusion in children are a prior cardiac surgery, bacterial pericarditis, malignancy or connective tissue disorders. In a significant number of children, however, despite extensive investigation, it is not possible to identify a clear aetiology. A viral cause is often suspected, though rarely confirmed. There are only few reports on the clinical course of idiopathic pericardial effusions in children. We demonstrate a case of recurrent idiopathic pericarditis with 3 episodes of recurrence within a period of 6 months with no autoimmune disease present, not related to prior surgery or malignancy.

Keywords: recurrent pericarditis; paediatrics

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Published Online: 2012-07-13

Published in Print: 2011-01-01


Citation Information: Acta Chirurgica Latviensis, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 175–177, ISSN (Print) 1407-981X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10163-012-0038-0.

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