Pericarditis may be caused by bacterial of viral infection, ischaemic heart disease, collagen disease, metabolic abnormality, medication, cancer etc.
Pericarditis may be recurrent and there is evidence that Colchicine can reduce the likelihood of relapse. This is sometimes prescribed.
Acute non-infective or non-viral pericarditis usually, but not always, follows a benign course and resolves within weeks. Full resolution usually allows a return to flying within months.
An applicant who has suffered an episode of pericarditis should be considered as having a condition that is of aeromedical unless:
In doubt the ME should consult with CAA.