Monday, January 7, 2019

CRP in pericarditis

Q: C-reactive protein (CRP) is a good marker to follow in resolution of acute pericarditis? (select one) 

 A) True 
B) False

Answer: A

Besides clinical symptoms, C-reactive protein (CRP) is an excellent marker to suggest resolution of acute pericarditis. If acute pericarditis does not get better with aspirin, colchicine or NSAIDs within 5-7 days, it suggests alternative cause other than viral or idiopathic. In such scenarios, checking CRP may be of help.



Imazio M, Brucato A, Maestroni S, et al. Prevalence of C-reactive protein elevation and time course of normalization in acute pericarditis: implications for the diagnosis, therapy, and prognosis of pericarditis. Circulation 2011; 123:1092.

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