• James Parker
  • Murtuza J. Ali


The use of pericardiocentesis has become increasingly common. It may be performed emergently, as in cardiac tamponade, or as part of the diagnostic workup of cryptogenic pericardial effusion. In the hands of an experienced operator with the current techniques, complication rates have been minimized.


Pericardial Effusion Cardiac Tamponade Pigtail Catheter Pericardial Space Cardiac Silhouette 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Cardiology, Department of Internal MedicineLouisiana State University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA

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