Flexible fiberoptic pericardioscopy for the diagnosis of pericardial disease

G. T. Kondos, S. Rich, S. Levitsky

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Pericardiocentesis provides an etiologic diagnosis for pericardial effusions approximately 25% of the time. In seven patients with evidence of a large pericardial effusion of unknown origin without cardiac tamponade, a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope was inserted through a subxiphoid incision after the effusion was drained. Pericardioscopy allowed visualization of all pericardial surfaces and made it possible to perform selective biopsy not limited to a subxiphoid window. It is a safe procedure that can permit distinction among benign, malignant and tuberculous origins of pericardial effusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-434
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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