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What are reasons for possible abnormal results of a pericardiocentesis?

What are reasons for possible abnormal results of a pericardiocentesis?

Varies: Pericardiocentesis is a technique where a sample of pericardial fluid is removed from the sack around the heart. The fluid can be abnormal if its an infection with bacteria or fungi . Cultures would be performed to asses this. If the examination of the cells are abnormal cancer may be the cause. Other causes of autoimmune diseases can be found as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski
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Pericardiocentesis (Definition)

Pericardiocentesis refers to placing a needle into the sac surrounding the heart (pericardium) and withdrawing fluid which can be for diagnosis or treatment. This is often done using ultrasound to ...Read more


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What are normal results for pericardiocentesis?

What are normal results for pericardiocentesis?

Not needed: If there is a need for pericardiocentesis, something is abnormal. Either increased volume, blood, pus, cancer cells. Etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pericardiocentesis?

What is the definition or description of: pericardiocentesis?

Remove fluid: Pericardiocentesis refers to placing a needle into the sac surrounding the heart (pericardium) and withdrawing fluid which can be for diagnosis or treatment. This is often done using ultrasound to help guide the needle. ...Read more

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Where in the body is a pericardiocentesis conducted?

Where in the body is a pericardiocentesis conducted?

Bottom of sternum: Just below the bottom of the sternum a needle is inserted and aimed at the right shoulder.Then it is slowly advanced until fluid can be withdrawn. ...Read more

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How is pericardiocentesis typically performed?

How is pericardiocentesis typically performed?

With a needle.: A needle is introduced into the chest and through the pericardium ( the sac around the heart) into the pericardial space (between the pericardium and the heart) where excess fluid has accumulated. A flexible wire is advanced through the needle into the pericardial space and the needle is withdrawn. A flexible drain tube is advanced over the wire and the wire removed. The fluid is then drained. ...Read more

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After a pericardiocentesis what are signs of complications that require immediate medical attention?

After a pericardiocentesis what are signs of complications that require immediate medical attention?

Multiple: Changes in the patients symptoms such as passing out, shortness of breath, or weakness. The development of a rapid pulse or of a low blood pressure. A drop in the hemoglobin and hematocrit. The development of significant problems with the heart rhythm. ...Read more

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What does pericardiocentesis show?

Fluid: The pericardium is the sac around the heart. It has a small amount of normal clear fluid. If there is more fluid, then one needs to find the cause. Blood heart failure renal failure pus can be identified with the "centesis" is drawing the sample of fluid. ...Read more

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When is pericardiocentesis performed?

When is pericardiocentesis performed?

For excessive fluid: The surgeon or cardiologist may do this with local or additional anesthesia depending on the issue. Fluoroscopy, ultrasound, or ct can be used to help guide the needle and / or/ catheter introduction through the skin, soft tissue, pericardium to get to the fluid or blood identified on the original test-echo. The goal is to relieve tamponade and make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What occurs during a pericardiocentesis?

What occurs during a pericardiocentesis?

See below: Typically, an imaging modality, commonly echocardiography, is used to image the heart and the pericardial space. After local anesthesia is given, a long needle is inserted under the guidance of the echo to the pericardial space and the fluid will be withdrawn with a syringe. Typically, a plastic tube will then be inserted and left in place to drain into a bag for a few days. ...Read more

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What are the most common conditions that are treated by pericardiocentesis?

What are the most common conditions that are treated by pericardiocentesis?

Only 2: There are only 2 reasons to do pericardiocentesis: to relieve tamponade and to diagnose fluid by retrieving some for the lab. Conditions that cause pericardial effusion are: trauma (e.g. Blood), infection (e.g. Tb or viral), malignancy (e.g. Breast or lung cancer), thyroid deficiency, uremia, collagen vascular disease (e.g. Lupus). This is not a complete list but covers the most common causes. ...Read more

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