What is the role of pericardial window placement in the treatment of acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Pericardial window placement is used for effusive pericarditis therapy. Some studies note the need for repeat operation in nearly 25% of patients who undergo the procedure at 2 years.

Consider the creation of a pericardial window via left minithoracotomy in the surgical management of malignant cardiac tamponade (class IIb, level B evidence). [3]


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