COMMENTARY: First-line treatment with colchicine reduced recurrent pericarditis

Flather, Marcus; Collinson, Julian
March 2006
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 144 Issue 2, p31
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a study which revealed that first-line treatment with colchicine reduced recurrent pericarditis. Pericarditis may account for 5 percent of presentations to an emergency department for nonacute myocardial infarction chest pain, is troublesome for patients, and is difficult to treat effectively. Although no serious side effects from colchicine occurred, about 6 percent of patients had diarrhea that required discontinuation of treatment.


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