Pathophysiology: Dressler's syndrome is a type of pericarditis — inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart (pericardium). Dressler's syndrome is believed to be an immune system response after damage to heart tissue or to the pericardium, from events such as a heart attack, surgery or traumatic injury. Dressler's syndrome may also be called postpericardiotomy syndrome, post-myocardial infarction syndrome and post-cardiac injury syndrome.
Symptoms: • pleuritic chest pain • fever Treatment Conservative management includes NSAID and colchicine. However, tamponade and free wall rupture may occur, necessitating urgent surgery. Constrictive pericarditis may be a rare associated complication.