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J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2014 Jan;114(1):52-5. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2014.007.

A case of seasonal recurrent myopericarditis.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Summa Health System, 75 Arch St, Suite #501, Akron, OH 44304-1424.


Myopericarditis occurs in 15% of patients with pericarditis. Recurrent myopericarditis occurs in 15% to 30% of patients after partial or complete recovery from acute myopericarditis. Relapse often occurs within 1 month of an initial episode. The standard of care for pericarditis or myopericarditis is initial treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for 10 to 14 days. Colchicine is often administered for 3 to 6 months for residual chest pain due to myopericarditis. The authors present a case of seasonal recurrent myopericarditis in a 32-year-old man who presented with severe chest pain in nearly the same month for 4 consecutive years. The authors conducted an extensive review of the literature but found no other case reports of seasonal recurrent myopericarditis. If a patient presents with severe chest pain requiring hospitalization, physicians should consider prescribing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or colchicine before seasonal symptom recurrence.

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