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SYMPOSIUM - ICU & TRAUMA PROCEDURE COMPLICATION
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 206-212

Complications of pericardiocentesis: A clinical synopsis


1 Department of Cardiology, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
2 Department of Surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
3 Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
4 Department of Surgery, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, United States
5 Department of Surgery; Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
St. Luke's University Health Network, NW2 - Administration, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
United States
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.165007

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Pericardiocentesis (PC) is both a diagnostic and a potentially life-saving therapeutic procedure. Currently echocardiography-guided pericardiocentesis is considered the standard clinical practice in the treatment of large pericardial effusions and cardiac tamponade. Although considered relatively safe, this invasive procedure may be associated with certain risks and potentially serious complications. This review provides a summary of pericardiocentesis and a focused overview of the potential complications of this procedure.


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