pericardial window


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pericardial window

A surgically constructed drainage portal through the pericardium into the peritoneum, used for the relief of pericardial effusions or tamponade.
See also: window
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We report the use of a thoracoscopic pericardial window as a means of draining a delayed hemopericardium after penetrating chest injury.
The practice of thoracoscopic pericardial window was initially described by Vogel (15) in 1990.
She had a mediastinal mass measuring 10 cm and pericardial effusion with tamponade that required a pericardial window.
Over the next 3 months, the pericardial effusion recurred anytime the prednisone dose dropped below 15 mg/day, necessitating a pericardial window.
Current protocols as advocated by Rozycki et al [2] recommend an operation if the result is positive, a pericardial window or echocardiogram if the result is equivocal, and observation and discharge if the result is negative.