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Other Therapeutic Procedures

Other Therapeutic Procedures performed include pericardiocentesis and balloon pericardiotomy. These are cath lab procedures used in certain instances for draining fluid that has collected in the sac that surrounds the heart which is called the pericardial space. In a pericardiocentesis, a special needle is inserted under X-ray guidance into the pericardial space. Once in position the fluid is drained out of the body. In the balloon pericardiotomy, a special balloon catheter is guided into the pericardial space and once in position the balloon is inflated to create a channel for the fluid to drain out of the pericardial space into the pleural space where the fluid can be re-absorbed.

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