Balloon pericardial window

Andrew O. Maree, Hani Jneid, Igor F. Palacios

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Percutaneous transcatheter aspiration of fluid from the pericardium or pericardiocentesis is performed for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It is indicated as a diagnostic procedure to establish the etiology of a pericardial effusion. Therapeutic pericardiocentesis is most commonly performed emergently to relieve cardiac tamponade and thereby prevent progression to pulseless electrical activity and cardiac arrest.Diagnostic information is also gained in this setting through analysis of the pericardial fluid and evaluation of the pericardial pressure.When pericardial hemodynamic assessment is performed with concomitant right heart catheterization, processes such as effusive-constrictive pericarditis can be confirmed or ruled-out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComplications during Percutaneous Interventions for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780203092118
ISBN (Print)9780415451079
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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