Transperitoneal approach for pericardial drainage

P. Totaro, R. Lorusso, C. Ceconi, M. Zogno

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A variety of surgical approaches for pericardial drainage have been proposed. The choice of the best approach can be, therefore, oriented depending on the cause of the pericardial effusion. Recently a different approach, for neoplastic or post-traumatic pericardial effusion, has been proposed, in order to create a peritoneal-pericardial window avoiding the insertion of a tube. We report a case of late postoperative cardiac tamponade in a patient with a previous coronary surgery in which, due to extensive adhesion of the anterior wall a modified transperitoneal approach to the pericardium, was used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-673
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002


  • Cardiac surgical procedures
  • Cardiac tamponade, surgery
  • Pericardial effusion, surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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