Title

An Atypical Etiology of Acute Pericarditis: A Case Report

Division

West Florida

Hospital

Trinity

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

2-19-2021

Keywords

acute pericarditis, pericarditis, atypical pericarditis, tejocote root, tejocote, dietary supplement, diet, side effects, ekg changes, etiology of pericarditis

Disciplines

Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases | Internal Medicine | Medical Education

Abstract

Acute pericarditis is caused by inflammation of the pericardial sac and is characterized by sharp and pleuritic chest pain, which is accompanied by a pericardial friction rub and serial electrocardiogram (ECG) changes. Although there are many known etiologies of pericarditis, we present the first known case of a herbal supplement, the Tejocote root, causing acute pericarditis in a previously healthy 23-year-old female. Her ECG showed t-wave inversions that resolved with colchicine and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug therapy. Prior studies have demonstrated that it can cause adverse cardiovascular effects, but this is the first documented case of the Tejocote root causing acute pericarditis. This case report reinforces the importance of inquiring about supplements patients may be taking, especially when looking for the etiology of pericarditis.

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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