A 30-year-old female asked:
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how long do you have to get fluid drained when you go into cardiac tamponade? i have mod-lg peri effusion inferior to lv & rv. dr. wants to watch.

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Effusion: Many pericardial effusions are chronic. Tamponade is unusual with a chronic effusion. The acuity of tamponade depends on the cause and rate of accumulation.
Answered on Mar 28, 2016
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