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Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart. Fairly common in SLE & easily treated with NSAIDs or steroids.  

Pericarditis occurs when the lining of the pericardium becomes inflamed, because it has been attacked by antibodies.

Symptoms of pericarditis are chest pain that may feel worse when lying down & better when you sit or lean forward, fever, rapid heart beat, & shortness of breath. Sometimes patients with pericarditis have no symptoms.

It is diagnosed using blood tests, ECG, & chest x-rays.

Pericarditis does not imply organ-threatening disease, since the heart tissue is not involved.




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