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Dressler’s syndrome also known as the post- MI syndrome usually occurs a few weeks after the infarction. It appears to be an immunological reaction characterized by pericarditis, fever and pericardial effusion. The term Dressler’s syndrome is often applied to similar condition which occurs following cardiotomy. The pain of Dressler’s syndrome may initially suggest that of a further episode of angina or MI. pleuritic chest pain may also suggest pneumonia and pulmonary embolism and may hence be misdiagnosed. It can follow a relapsing course but the outcome is usually favorable.
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