What is the role of hypothyroidism in the etiology of acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Hypothyroidism accounts for as many as 4% of pericarditis cases. In fact, myocardial involvement is common, and pericardial involvement usually occurs with severe hypothyroidism. Patients may develop large pericardial effusions, but they rarely develop tamponade.


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