Pericardiocentesis/Pericardial window-whats the diff?

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    Can someone shed some light on the difference between pericardiocentesis and pericardial window....

    Pericardicentesis= needle aspiration of pericardial fluid:heartbeat

    pericardial window=hmmm....

    thanks
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    I've never heard of a pericardial window, I'd be interested to learn as well
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    Quote from Atrial Kick
    Can someone shed some light on the difference between pericardiocentesis and pericardial window....

    Pericardicentesis= needle aspiration of pericardial fluid:heartbeat

    pericardial window=hmmm....

    thanks
    It is actually just like it sounds. The surgeon goes in through the chest to open a "window" in the pericardium removes the fluid/blood to relieve the pressure and then close. These sites explain the procedure/indications/pictures etc. more in depth. http://www.ctsnet.org/doc/7673 http://www.ctsnet.org/sections/clini...t_tech-32.html
    Last edit by wtbcrna on Jun 7, '08
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    thanks WTBCRNA, that second link is excellent, it's not a procedure I have ever seen used in the UK but it was a while ago since I did cardiothoracic so may have changed now.
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    much thanks.
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    With a pericardial window, they can also leave the pericardium open, i.e. not stitch it back up again to prevent tamponade from recurring.

    The idea is the same, to relieve the pressure causing the tamponade, just the methods and techniques are different.

    Tom
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    i believe its more common when a window is made to leave it open. At the point they switch from centesis to window its a reoccurring problem.
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    Hello!

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    I am going from being a LPN to a RN...a bit scary, too!
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    The window technique is used in the UK, needle aspiration or draini insertion is performed by the Cardiology team, and when the problem keeps recurring then a window is performed by the Cardio Thoracic surgeons.

    I've only seen patients go for windows, when the fluid is caused by rheumatic inflamation, or mets.
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    Quote from Whisper
    The window technique is used in the UK, needle aspiration or draini insertion is performed by the Cardiology team, and when the problem keeps recurring then a window is performed by the Cardio Thoracic surgeons.

    I've only seen patients go for windows, when the fluid is caused by rheumatic inflamation, or mets.
    I didn't know that, it's been so long since I did cardiac I'm getting rusty

    Thanks


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