Percutaneous pericardiocentesis

Alternative names
Pericardial tap; Pericardiocentesis

Definition

Pericardiocentesis involves the use of a needle to withdraw fluid from the pericardial sac (membrane that surrounds the heart). The procedure may be used to remove fluid that is compressing the heart, or the fluid may be evaluated for diagnostic purposes.

Also check Pericardiocentesis.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 5, 2012
by Potos A. Aagen, M.D.

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