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How is pericardiocentesis typically performed?
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: 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A flexible wire is advanced through the needle into the pericardial space and the needle is withdrawn.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.

In brief: 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A flexible wire is advanced through the needle into the pericardial space and the needle is withdrawn.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.
Dr. William Scott
Dr. William Scott
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In brief: By needle
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.

In brief: By needle
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.
Dr. Creighton Wright
Dr. Creighton Wright
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