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What are the risks of pericardiocentesis?

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Pericardiocentesis is fairly safe, especially when imaging is used to guide the needle. But he procedure may:

  • Bring on an irregular heart rhythm
  • Cause cardiac arrest
  • Cause a heart attack
  • Puncture the heart, liver, lung, or stomach

SOURCES: 

Encyclopedia of Surgery: ''Pericardiocentesis.'' 

University of Pennsylvania Health System: ''Pericardiocentesis.''

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 02, 2019

SOURCES: 

Encyclopedia of Surgery: ''Pericardiocentesis.'' 

University of Pennsylvania Health System: ''Pericardiocentesis.''

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 02, 2019

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