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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For those patients for whom the benefits of diagnostic laparotomy are unclear, but who will soon succumb without some improvement in bypass, there may be value in performing a limited subxiphoid 'mini' laparotomy (that could be combined with a pericardial window, as done in case 2 to absolutely exclude cardiac tamponade) to facilitate drainage of ascites.
The University Hospital Gasthuisberg Leuven announced the completion of the world's first robotically assisted pericardial window procedure.