What is the prognosis 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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The prognosis in individuals with pericarditis depends on the etiology of this condition, as well as the presence of a pericardial effusion and/or tamponade. Idiopathic and viral etiologies usually have a self-limited course, without any risk of evolution toward constrictive pericarditis. [26, 27] Most post–MI cases have a benign course; however, pericarditis is associated with larger infarcts, and therefore, overall long-term mortality may be increased.

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