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Why can pericardiocentesis be used to diagnose pericarditis?

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In brief: Examine fluid

The fluid identified on echo is aspirated( that is the pericardiocentesis) it is examined for blood, infection, cellular contents malignant cells tuberculosis bacteria, fungus or other causative agents can be identified or grown in cultures.

In brief: Examine fluid

The fluid identified on echo is aspirated( that is the pericardiocentesis) it is examined for blood, infection, cellular contents malignant cells tuberculosis bacteria, fungus or other causative agents can be identified or grown in cultures.
Dr. Creighton Wright
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Fluid examined

The fluid which is removed will give information about the cause of the pericarial effusion.
It may contain bacteria or give evidence for TB for instance. Examination of the cells in the fluid could indicate a malignancy. So the fluid is examined to try and find the reason for the pericarditis. Removing the fluid may also improve the function of the heart.

In brief: Fluid examined

The fluid which is removed will give information about the cause of the pericarial effusion.
It may contain bacteria or give evidence for TB for instance. Examination of the cells in the fluid could indicate a malignancy. So the fluid is examined to try and find the reason for the pericarditis. Removing the fluid may also improve the function of the heart.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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