Thoracoscopic Pericardiectomy

  • Scott H. Johnson
  • James M. DouglasJr


Hippocrates (460 BC) accurately described the pericardium and Galen (AD 150) named it and suggested its physiologic role. The first successful pericardiotomy for drainage of an effusion was performed by Romero in 1819 [1]. Schuh and Karanaeff [2] subsequently described pericardiocentesis in 1840. Kussmaul [3] in 1873 described the classic signs of pericardial tamponade: neck vein distension and pulsus paradoxus.


Pericardial Effusion Phrenic Nerve Cardiac Tamponade Single Lung Ventilation Pericardial Window 
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  • Scott H. Johnson
  • James M. DouglasJr

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