A pericardial window is a cardiac surgical procedure to create a fistula - or "window" - from the pericardial space to the pleural cavity. The purpose of the window is to allow a pericardial effusion (usually malignant) to drain from the space surrounding the heart into the chest cavity - where the fluid is not as dangerous; an untreated pericardial effusion can lead to cardiac tamponade and death.
The pericardial window procedure decreases the incidence of postoperative pericardial tamponade and new-onset atrial fibrillation after the open heart surgery.
- Stuart J. Hutchison (10 December 2008). Pericardial diseases: clinical diagnostic imaging atlas. Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 93–. ISBN 978-1-4160-5274-6. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
- Zhao J (Apr 2014). "Does posterior pericardial window technique prevent pericardial tamponade after cardiac surgery?.". J Int Med Res 42 (2): 416–26. PMID 24553479.
|This medical treatment–related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|