What are the types of pericarditis in patients with renal failure?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Some authors distinguish between 2 types of pericarditis in patients with renal failure. One type is uremic pericarditis, which occurs in patients with uremia who have never received dialysis. The other type is dialysis-associated pericarditis, which occurs in patients who are already receiving dialysis. In the latter case, inadequate dialysis may usually be implicated, because aggressive dialysis often leads to resolution. Other causes of dialysis-associated pericarditis may include volume overload and bacterial or viral infections.


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