5 doctors weighed in:

What is the definition or description of: ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Pericardial effusion

Pericardial effusion is a collection of fluid around heart within a structure that surrounds the heart called the pericardium. Fluid may collect in this space for many reasons.
Ultrasound allows you to put needle in the space and perfor diagnostic tap of fluid to make diagnosis via pathology. Additionally may be therepeutic to reduce pressure. Although more common to do pericardial window to drain.

In brief: Pericardial effusion

Pericardial effusion is a collection of fluid around heart within a structure that surrounds the heart called the pericardium. Fluid may collect in this space for many reasons.
Ultrasound allows you to put needle in the space and perfor diagnostic tap of fluid to make diagnosis via pathology. Additionally may be therepeutic to reduce pressure. Although more common to do pericardial window to drain.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Thank
Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Drainage

It refers to using ultrasound to assist in directing placement of a needle into the pericardial cavity for drainage of fluid.

In brief: Drainage

It refers to using ultrasound to assist in directing placement of a needle into the pericardial cavity for drainage of fluid.
Dr. Craig Carter
Dr. Craig Carter
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Tonga Nfor
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Cardiology
13 years in practice
508K people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors