Pericardiocentesis assisted by two-dimensional echocardiography

J. A. Callahan, J. B. Seward, A. J. Tajik, David Holmes, H. C. Smith, G. S. Reeder, Fletcher A Jr. Miller

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Abstract

Pericardiocentesis assisted by two-dimensional echocardiography was performed in 40 patients with effusions of various types and causes; no complications occurred. This approach combines several advantages, including visualization of the fluid-filled sac and determination of its location, estimation of the amount of fluid, and identification of structures intervening between the body surface and the pericardial sac (for example, the liver). The ideal point of needle entry can be selected to avoid contact with the heart and can be marked on the body wall. This method combines the safety and visibility of the open (surgical) approach with the simplicity of the direct ('blind') puncture method. Locating the optimal point on the body wall, closest to the pericardial fluid, allows a short, plastic-sheathed needle to be used. Pericardiocentesis by this method can be performed with ease and safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)877-879
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume85
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1983

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Pericardiocentesis
Echocardiography
Needles
Safety
Pericardium
Punctures
Plastics
Liver

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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Callahan, J. A., Seward, J. B., Tajik, A. J., Holmes, D., Smith, H. C., Reeder, G. S., & Miller, F. A. J. (1983). Pericardiocentesis assisted by two-dimensional echocardiography. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 85(6), 877-879.

Pericardiocentesis assisted by two-dimensional echocardiography. / Callahan, J. A.; Seward, J. B.; Tajik, A. J.; Holmes, David; Smith, H. C.; Reeder, G. S.; Miller, Fletcher A Jr.

In: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Vol. 85, No. 6, 1983, p. 877-879.

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Callahan, JA, Seward, JB, Tajik, AJ, Holmes, D, Smith, HC, Reeder, GS & Miller, FAJ 1983, 'Pericardiocentesis assisted by two-dimensional echocardiography', Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, vol. 85, no. 6, pp. 877-879.
Callahan JA, Seward JB, Tajik AJ, Holmes D, Smith HC, Reeder GS et al. Pericardiocentesis assisted by two-dimensional echocardiography. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 1983;85(6):877-879.
Callahan, J. A. ; Seward, J. B. ; Tajik, A. J. ; Holmes, David ; Smith, H. C. ; Reeder, G. S. ; Miller, Fletcher A Jr. / Pericardiocentesis assisted by two-dimensional echocardiography. In: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 1983 ; Vol. 85, No. 6. pp. 877-879.
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