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Report by Rick Body, Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine
Checked by Craig Ferguson, Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine
Institution: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
In [stable adult patients with acute pericarditis] does [measurement of cardiac troponins] enable [accurate prediction of complications and facilitate hospital discharge]?
A 25-year-old man presents to the emergency department (ED) with central sharp chest pain that is eased by sitting forward. ECG shows widespread saddle-shaped ST elevation consistent with acute pericarditis.
The patient is clinically stable with normal heart rate and blood pressure and no signs of left ventricular failure. You wonder whether …