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Myopericarditis: recognition and impact in the military population
  1. Jessica R Bailey1,
  2. A Loftus RN2 and
  3. R J C Allan3
  1. 1 Department of Critical Care, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust Foundation, Southampton, UK
  2. 2 Royal Naval Medical Service, Institute of Naval Medicine, Gosport, UK
  3. 3 Royal Army Medical Corps, Aldershot Garrison, Aldershot, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jessica R Bailey; JRBailey1689{at}


We present a case of a fit and well British Army officer with sudden-onset chest pain following a viral illness, on a background of arduous skiing over an 8-week period. This resulted in a 6-month downgrade with no clearly defined plan for return to full fitness and deployability. The diagnosis and differentiation of myopericarditis from other causes of chest pain is reviewed. The treatment and management of myopericarditis is summarised and commentary is made on the paucity of evidence underpinning the return to fitness guidelines. The impact of this condition primarily affecting young fit individuals, commonly exacerbated by viral illness and arduous activity, is discussed in the context of individual employability and operational capability in a military setting.

  • myopericarditis
  • myocarditis
  • pericarditis
  • chest pain
  • cardiac

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  • Contributors JRB performed the literature review initial prose. AL edited prose, contributed military medicine knowledge and performed the submission. RJCA edited and redrafted prose and provided input on military medicine and was the cross-country skiing SME.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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