What is the role of renal failure in the etiology of pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Richard Bright described uremic pericarditis in 1836. Since that classic description, this common complication of chronic renal failure has evolved from an ominous event heralding the terminal stages of disease to an event that, with early management, is likely to have a good outcome. Furthermore, advances in dialysis technology with early and timely management of chronic renal failure have dramatically reduced the prevalence of uremic pericarditis. Uremic pericarditis has a prevalence of 6-10% in patients with acute or chronic renal failure, and it continues to be associated with significant morbidity and occasional mortality.


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