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J Invasive Cardiol. 2006 Jul;18(7):E194-7.

Percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy for the treatment of infected pericardial effusion with tamponade.

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  • 1Birmingham VA Medical Center and University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

Abstract

Percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy has been used as an alternative for surgically created pericardial window mainly for the management of malignant pericardial effusions in critically ill patients. We describe a patient with purulent pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade who was treated successfully and without complications with percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy.

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