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Pericarditis in Children

  • 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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