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What occurs during a pericardiocentesis?
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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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is given, a long needle is inserted under the guidance of the echo to the pericardial space and the fluid will be withdrawn with a syringe.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.

In brief: 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is given, a long needle is inserted under the guidance of the echo to the pericardial space and the fluid will be withdrawn with a syringe.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.
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Surgeon
There are several ways of draining a pericardial effusion.
Your cardiothoracic surgeon can explain to you excactly how he/she is planning to drain it.

In brief: Surgeon
There are several ways of draining a pericardial effusion.
Your cardiothoracic surgeon can explain to you excactly how he/she is planning to drain it.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thank
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