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Cardiac tamponade.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9135828     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cardiac tamponade is a cardiological emergency requiring prompt treatment in order to avoid a fatal outcome. It can complicate a number of medical conditions and it is important, therefore, that all practitioners are aware of its presentation, diagnosis and management. These are outlined. We suggest that, with certain specific and important exceptions, percutaneous catheter pericardiocentesis is to be recommended in the management of cardiac tamponade. We include a review of 51 consecutive cases treated at our own institution. Catheter pericardiocentesis was successful in 49 (96%) cases and 36 (80%) patients did not require any further intervention. There were no major and only two minor complications which required no additional treatment. We review previous literature concerning percutaneous pericardiocentesis. Using recommended procedures, pericardiocentesis is successful in 90-100% of cases and major complications are rare.
J B Ball; W L Morrison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medical journal     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0032-5473     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med J     Publication Date:  1997 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-05-27     Completed Date:  1997-05-27     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234135     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiothoracic Centre-Liverpool NHS Trust, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Tamponade / diagnosis,  therapy*

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