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Dressler's syndromePersistent 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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