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Pericarditis in children

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Pericarditis is a condition in which the sac-like covering around the heart (pericardium) becomes inflamed.

  • often causes chest pain
  • usually sudden and short-lived (acute)
  • chest pain occurs when the inflamed layers of the pericardium rub against each other
  • mild cases may improve on their own
  • treatment for more-severe cases may include medications and, rarely, surgery
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