What is the role of trauma in the etiology of acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Approximately 1% of cases of acute pericarditis are caused by trauma, such as penetrating and nonpenetrating cardiac trauma. Also consider esophageal rupture or perforation and pancreatitis.

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