How is idiopathic pericarditis treated?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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The treatment for specific types of pericarditis are briefly discussed in this section.

Use serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) to guide treatment duration and assess clinical response (class IIa, level C evidence). [3]

Idiopathic pericarditis

Treatment for this condition is similar to viral pericarditis and includes anti-inflammatory drugs to control symptoms and inflammation. [43] Colchicine may prevent recurrent pericarditis resistant to aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs). Steroids are not administered initially as their use is associated with an increased incidence of recurrent pericarditis.

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