Which surgical interventions are used in the treatment of pericardial effusion?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: William J Strimel, DO, FACP; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Surgical treatments for pericardial effusion include the following:

  • Pericardiostomy

  • Pericardotomy

  • Thoracotomy

  • Sternotomy

  • Pericardiocentesis

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