Dressler's syndrome


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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. For our patient, myocardial stunning from demand ischemia was less likely because he had no obstructive coronary disease or focal hypokinesis.
Dressler's syndrome, which is also known as post-myocardial infarction (MI) syndrome, typically presents weeks to months after MI as pleuritic chest pain with a pericardial rub, elevated inflammatory markers, typical EKG changes (diffuse ST-segment elevation and PR-segment depression), and pericardial effusion.