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Percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy in the treatment of malignant pericardial effusion

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Recurrent pericardial effusion can be a manifestation of metastatic malignant disease. Repeated catheter drainage or surgical pericardial window are two common treatment modalities. We report a case of recurrent malignant pericardial effusion treated successfully with percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy, a relatively new technique avoiding the need for surgery.

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Correspondence to B. Deb or P. Crean or I. Graham.

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Deb, B., Crean, P. & Graham, I. Percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy in the treatment of malignant pericardial effusion. I.J.M.S. 162, 456–457 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02942188

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  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Pericardial Space
  • Percutaneous Balloon
  • Pericardial Window