What is the incidence of uremic pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Uremic pericarditis may occur in 6-10% of patients with advanced renal failure before initiation of dialysis. When patients with large effusions are studied, uremia may account for up to 20% of cases in some series. The widespread availability of dialysis has reduced the incidence of uremic pericarditis.


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