Pericardiocentesis catheter in situ

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell

Presentation

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

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male
Modality: CT

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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