Pericardiocentesis catheter in situ

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Chest pain and shortness of breath. Large pericardial effusion on echocardiography. Drainage catheter inserted under US control.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male

Scout images show the catheter projected over the cardiac silhouette. Band atelectasis is seen in the left lower zone. 

A pigtail catheter with side holes is clearly seen entering the pericardial sac via a left subcostal approach passing around the left ventricle to the posterior heart at the left atrium. Small residual pericardial effusion.

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Case information

rID: 35775
Case created: 22nd Apr 2015
Last edited: 4th Aug 2016
System: Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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