Pericardiocentesis is an important diagnostic and therapeutic technique, with the potential for significant morbidity and mortality if performed incorrectly. This article attempts to cover the anatomy, preparation, and techniques necessary to successfully perform pericardiocentesis.
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Published online: December 11, 2014
Accepted: November 15, 2014
Received: November 2, 2014
© 2014 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.