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Glossary for Postpericardiotomy syndrome

  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues
  • Cardiac tamponade: Symptoms caused by compression of the heart due to the accumulation of blood or fluid in the space between the heart muscle and the membrane covering the heart.
  • Chest conditions: Any condition affecting the chest
  • Chest pain: Pain in the chest area.
  • Fever: Elevation of the body temperature above the normal 37 degrees celsius
  • Heart conditions: Any condition that affects the heart
  • Hospital or surgery-related conditions: Medical conditions related to hospital stays or caused by surgery.
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Joint pain: Pain affecting the joints
  • Malaise: General feelings of discomfort or being ill-at-ease.
  • Muscle pain: Pain that is located anatomically in the region of muscles
  • Pericarditis: Inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart
  • Shortness of breath: The feeling of being short of breath


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