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What should I expect after having pericardiocentesis?

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Your doctor will monitor you for several hours. If the operation isn't successful, more procedures may be needed to drain fluid from around the heart or to thin out the pericardium to relieve pressure.

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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