Recurrent Pericarditis in a Pediatric Patient

Elīna Ligere, M. Leznina, Aris Lacis, Inta Bergmane, Valts Ozolins, Lauris Smits

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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.
Key words: recurrent pericarditis, paediatrics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-177
JournalActa Chirurgica Latviensis
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • recurrent pericarditis
  • paediatrics.

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.4. Reviewed scientific article published in Latvia or abroad in a scientific journal with an editorial board (including university editions)


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