postpericardiotomy syndrome

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Related to postcardiotomy syndrome: postpericardiotomy syndrome, Dressler syndrome

post·per·i·car·di·ot·o·my syn·drome

pericarditis, with or without fever and often in repeated episodes, weeks to months after cardiac surgery.

postpericardiotomy syndrome

[pōst′perikär′dē·ot′əmē]
Etymology: L, post + Gk, peri, around, kardia, heart, temnein, to cut
a condition that sometimes occurs days or weeks after pericardiotomy, characterized by symptoms of pericarditis, often without any fever. It appears to be an autoimmune response to damaged cells of the myocardium and pericardium. See also pericarditis.

postpericardiotomy syndrome

Postcommissurotomy syndrome A condition of acute onset characterized by fever, pericarditis, pleuritis that develops ≥ 2 wks after cardiac surgery, in which the pericardium has been 'violated' by wide incision and manipulation Clinical Malaise, fever, pericarditis, friction rub, chest pain, pleuritis Management Aspirin, NSAIDs, if unresponsive, corticosteroids Prognosis PPS is usually self-limited, but often recurs and may be disabling. Cf Postmyocardial infarction syndrome.

post·per·i·car·di·ot·o·my syn·drome

(pōst-per'i-kahr-dē-ot'ŏ-mē sin'drōm)
Pericarditis, with or without fever and often in repeated episodes, weeks to months after cardiac surgery.
Synonym(s): postcommissurotomy syndrome.