Pericardiocentesis: a clinical anatomy review.

  title={Pericardiocentesis: a clinical anatomy review.},
  author={Marious Loukas and Andrew M Walters and Johannes M Boon and Timothy P. Welch and Johannes Henricus Meiring and Peter H. Abrahams},
  journal={Clinical anatomy},
  volume={25 7},
The safe and successful performance of pericardiocentesis demands a working and specific knowledge of anatomy. Misunderstanding of anatomy may result in failure or serious complications. This review attempts to aid understanding of the anatomical framework, pitfalls, and complications of pericardiocentesis. Pericardiocentesis is carried out for aspiration of blood from the pericardial cavity in cases of cardiac tamponade and symptomatic pericardial effusion. In addition, this technique may be… CONTINUE READING


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