Postcardiotomy syndrome

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Postcardiotomy syndrome
Classification and external resources
Specialty cardiology
ICD-10 I97.0
ICD-9-CM 429.4
DiseasesDB 32938
eMedicine article/891471
MeSH D011185

Postcardiotomy syndrome occurs two to three weeks (up to one year) after pericardiotomy, and is characterized by fever, pleuritis, pericarditis, or arthritis, together with petechiae on the skin and palate.[1]:827 The cause is believed to be an autoimmune response against damaged cardiac tissue. This is supported by excellent response to immunosuppressive (steroid) therapy.[2]

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  1. ^ James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0. 
  2. ^ Heffner, John (2010). Pleural Effusions Following Cardiac surgery. UpToDate.