Percutaneous balloon pericardial window for patients with malignant pericardial effusion and tamponade.

@article{Palacios1991PercutaneousBP,
  title={Percutaneous balloon pericardial window for patients with malignant pericardial effusion and tamponade.},
  author={Igor F. Palacios and Emin Murat Tuzcu and Andrew A. Ziskind and Jerry Younger and Peter C. Block},
  journal={Catheterization and cardiovascular diagnosis},
  year={1991},
  volume={22 4},
  pages={244-9}
}
We performed percutaneous balloon pericardial window (PBPW) in 8 patients (age 40 to 70 yrs; 4 men, 4 women) with malignant pericardial effusion and tamponade. Pericardial window was indicated because they continued to drain greater than 100 ml/day of pericardial fluid through the pigtail catheter for greater than or equal to 3 days. A 0.038 inch guidewire was advanced through the pigtail catheter into the pericardial space and then the catheter was removed. A 20 mm diameter, 3 cm long balloon… CONTINUE READING
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