Recurrent cardiac tamponade and large pericardial effusions: Management with an indwelling pericardial catheter

Jeanne Y. Wei, George J. Taylor, Stephen C. Achuff

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Abstract

A new technique, using an atraumatlc indwelling catheter, has been developed for short-term management of large or rapidly reaccumulating pericardial effusions. This technique (1) permits continuous pericardial fluid drainage, obviating repeated aspirations; (2) provides a convenient route for intrapericardial instillation of chemotherapeutic agents; and (3) enables one to await the results of diagnostlc studies without subjecting a patient to thoracotomy. Experience in three patients suggests that in some cases the use of this catheter may eliminate the need for surgery; in others, it may serve as a valuable temporary measure to achieve stabilization of the patient's condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-282
Number of pages2
JournalThe American journal of cardiology
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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