Dressler's syndrome


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Dressler's syndrome

[dres′lərz]
Etymology: William Dressler, American physician, 1890-1969
an autoimmune disorder that may occur several days to several months after acute coronary infarction, characterized by fever, pericarditis, pleurisy, pleural effusions, and joint pain. It results from the body's immunological response to a damaged myocardium and pericardium. Treatment usually includes intensive aspirin therapy and, in severe cases, use of corticosteroids. A similar syndrome may occur after cardiac surgery. See also postmyocardial infarction syndrome.

Dressler's syndrome

Persistent fever with inflammation of the heart sac (PERICARDITIS) and of the lung coverings (PLEURISY) during the weeks following a heart attack (MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION). It is probably an AUTOIMMUNE effect of dead heart muscle. (William Dressler, 1890–1969, American cardiologist).
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The differential diagnosis for WNV myocarditis includes myocardial stunning from demand ischemia related to SIRS, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (stress cardiomyopathy), and Dressler's syndrome.