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What if the heart is poked during the procedure pericardiocentesis?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine
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In brief: See below

During pericardiocentesis the exploring needle is connected to an electrode which helps monitor the position of the needle.
If the heart muscle is touched it can be immediately repositioned.

In brief: See below

During pericardiocentesis the exploring needle is connected to an electrode which helps monitor the position of the needle.
If the heart muscle is touched it can be immediately repositioned.
Dr. Martin Bress
Dr. Martin Bress
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Dr. Jonathan Ellichman
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Depends

A simple poke of the muscle will likely be of no consequence.
Nicking a coronary artery would be very rare but could lead to bleeding of an ischemic event. Making a hole in the atrium would likely require a formal surgical drainage procedure.

In brief: Depends

A simple poke of the muscle will likely be of no consequence.
Nicking a coronary artery would be very rare but could lead to bleeding of an ischemic event. Making a hole in the atrium would likely require a formal surgical drainage procedure.
Dr. Jonathan Ellichman
Dr. Jonathan Ellichman
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