Pericardial window

Pericardial window is a procedure performed to create a fistula or "window" from the pericardial space to the pleural space. It is done to allow a pericardial effusion to drain the chest cavity in order to relieve situations with increased pressures such as with cardiac tamponade.

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rID: 31372
System: Cardiac
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pericardial fenestration
  • Pericardial fenestrations
  • Pericardial windows

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