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Radioactive pericarditis

Radiation pericarditis is caused by radiation injury of myocardium and pericardium. It is often a complication of radiotherapy for malignant tumors of chest and mediastinum. A few showed symptoms of acute pericarditis, fever, precordial pain, anorexia and general discomfort. Delayed pericarditis often occurs from 4 months to 20 years after radiotherapy, and the most common is acute nonspecific pericarditis or asymptomatic pericardial effusion and pleural effusion within 12 months. Pericardiocentesis or pericardiectomy is required if necessary.


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