What is the prevalence of pericarditis caused by renal failure?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Renal failure accounts for approximately 12% of cases of pericarditis. In the predialysis era, pericarditis developed in 35-50% of patients with uremia who had chronic renal failure and less commonly in those with acute renal failure. Death often followed in several weeks. With dialysis, the pericarditis incidence rate is less than 10%; however, this condition occurs after the onset of dialysis in 8-12% of cases.


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