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Non-surgical treatment of a right ventricle puncture during diagnostic pericardiocentesis [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2015; 43(6): 565-567 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2015.49060

Non-surgical treatment of a right ventricle puncture during diagnostic pericardiocentesis

Ekrem Güler, Gamze Babur Güler, Gültekin G Demir, Filiz Kızılırmak
Istanbul Medipol University, Cardiology Department, Istanbul, Turkey

Pericardiocentesis is a life-saving procedure performed in cardiac tamponade cases occurring in infective, inflammatory or malignancy conditions, or following percutaneous coronary intervention, cardiac device implantation or catheter ablation. In spite of advanced imaging methods, a substantial risk of complication persists. Emergent surgical intervention may be required, in particular during advancement of the catheter into the heart chambers or in cases of wall rupture. Furthermore, in all these cases, patients have a high risk of surgery because of existing comorbidities. This case presents a patient suspected of tuberculous pericarditis who underwent diagnostic pericardiocentesis complicated by right ventricular puncture. The catheter in the right ventricle was withdrawn via a second catheter placed in the pericardial cavity. Spontaneous blood control was established, and with no increase in pericardial effusion surgical intervention was not required. This method can be applied in certain conditions, including cardiac injury caused by pericardiocentesis or intracardiac manipulations, thus eliminating the need for high-risk surgical intervention.

Keywords: Cardiac tamponade, pericardiocentesis, rupture

How to cite this article
Ekrem Güler, Gamze Babur Güler, Gültekin G Demir, Filiz Kızılırmak. Non-surgical treatment of a right ventricle puncture during diagnostic pericardiocentesis. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2015; 43(6): 565-567

Corresponding Author: Ekrem Güler, Türkiye
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