Pericarditis is indicated by swelling and irritation of the pericardium, the thin membrane that surrounds the heart. While this condition may be caused by a heart attack or a viral infection, the cause is usually unknown.

The severity of this condition can range from mild to complex, life-threatening cases. The most common symptom of acute pericarditis is dull or sharp stabbing chest pain, often in the left side of your chest. Chronic pericarditis will also present symptoms including chest pain, but does not go away over time. Dangerous levels of fluid around the heart also may develop in those with chronic inflammation from this condition.

  • About the Study

    You may qualify for this study if you:

    • Are a male or female age 12 or older
    • Weigh at least 52 lbs.
    • Have a diagnosis of recurrent pericarditis
    • Experienced at least 2 of the 4 criteria below:
      • Pericarditic chest pain
      • Pericardial rub
      • New or worsening pericardial effusion
      • New widespread ST-segment elevation or PR-segment depression according to ECG findings

    Qualified patient participants also must be up-to-date with all immunizations.

    You may NOT qualify for this study if you:

    • Have a diagnosis of pericarditis that is secondary to other conditions that may impact study findings
    • Are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant or fathering a child within 3 months after study participation completion
    • Have a history of immunosuppression, including positive human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test results
    • Have ever had an organ transplant
    • Have ever received cytotoxic drugs, medications that deplete B or T cells, or other medicine or immunizations that may impact study findings
    • Have a history of myeloproliferative disorder, demyelinating disease, symptoms suggestive of multiple sclerosis, or other conditions that may impact study findings
  • Study Location

    The Loretto Hospital
    645 S Central Ave
    Chicago, IL

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