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A simple method for continuous pericardial drainage.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7451719     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Needle pericardiocentesis is performed routinely for relief of symptoms in patients with pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade. In many patients however, reaccumulation of fluid requires further aspiration or surgical drainage, occasionally as a matter of urgency. Both procedures carry significant risks which may be avoided by insertion of an indwelling catheter. The Viggo subclavian cannula proves ideal for prolonged drainage of pericardial effusions and for relief of tamponade in an emergency situation. Introduction into the pericardium is simple, safe, and can be performed quickly without specialised equipment. This procedure is described and illustrated in patients with tuberculous and rheumatoid pericarditis.
S Westaby; D Westaby
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Intensive care medicine     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0342-4642     ISO Abbreviation:  Intensive Care Med     Publication Date:  1980 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-03-24     Completed Date:  1981-03-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7704851     Medline TA:  Intensive Care Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Tamponade / therapy
Catheters, Indwelling*
Drainage / instrumentation,  methods*
Middle Aged
Pericardial Effusion / therapy

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