What is the treatment?
Patients with acute pericarditis usually observed at the hospital with ECG monitoring because it can be associated inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) and thus the risk of an irregular heartbeat. Treatment is primarily symptomatic relief. Pain and fever treated with anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen) and in most cases, colchicine tablets. Treatment usually continues for at least a week after symptoms are gone. Only exceptionally is cortisone treatment is required.
If it accumulates a lot of fluid in pericardial, the patient must be monitored closely and evaluated for pericardial tapping, i.e., withdrawal of fluid from the cavity of the pericardium. Other rarer forms of pericarditis treated in relation to what is the underlying cause.