Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 1986; 34(1): 66-67
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1020377
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Closed Pericardial Drainage for Relief of Pericardial Tamponade

S. Erdman, L. Levinsky, E. Deviri, M. J. Levy
  • Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Beilinson Medical Center, Petach Tikva, Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel
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19 March 2008 (online)


The method of continuous catheter drainage for pericardial tamponade as used in 108 patients is described. The efficacy of this procedure in relieving tamponade resulting from a variety of diseases is demonstrated. Blood clot in the pericardium probably constitutes a contraindication to catheter drainage.