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What should I expect during pericardiocentesis?

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You will get a mild sedative to relax you, but you will be conscious during the procedure. An IV (intravenous) line is inserted into your hand or arm in case fluids or medications are needed.

The doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb an area on your chest. A needle will be inserted, and then a catheter (a thin plastic tube) will be threaded into the sac around your heart. The doctor may use an X-ray or echocardiogram machine to make sure the catheter is in the right spot. The doctor will then drain the fluid around your heart.

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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