Subclinical pericarditis long after SARS-CoV-2 infection: a case report

  • Anna Giulia Falchi | Emergency Department, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation, Pavia, Italy.
  • Sergio Leonardi Coronary Care Unit and Laboratory of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation, Pavia, Italy.
  • Giovanni Cappa Emergency Medicine Postgraduate Training Program, University of Pavia, Italy.
  • Stefano Perlini Emergency Department, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation, Pavia, Italy.


We describe a rare complication of COVID-19 long after infection in a 76-years-old man presented to the Emergency Department with dyspnea and palpitations. A 12-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) showed sinus tachycardia PR depression in the inferior leads associated with an apparent pseudo ST elevation. In the absence of elevation of inflammatory indices, considering the lack of symptoms neither NSAIDs nor colchicine were prescribed, and the patient was referred for clinical follow-up. After ten days ECG documented initial reduction of the widespread concave STE and PR depression, and the 1-month follow- up visit, the patient was asymptomatic with unremarkable physical examination, and a 12-lead ECG showed almost complete normalization of the ST and PR segments. Although pericardial involvement after COVID-19 infection has been already described, the incidence of subclinical pericarditis has not and may have implications for the monitoring of patients with uncomplicated COVID-19 infection managed as outpatients.



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Case Reports
Long covid, pericarditis, subclinical pericarditis
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Falchi, A. G., Leonardi, S., Cappa, G., & Perlini, S. (2021). Subclinical pericarditis long after SARS-CoV-2 infection: a case report. Emergency Care Journal, 17(2).