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July 1978

Polyethylene Catheter in Pericardial Paracentesis

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Redlands, Calif

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(7):1175. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630320103042

To the Editor.—  The April 1977 issue of the Archives (137:542-543, 1977) contains a LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Calescibetta on cardiac tamponade treatment in which he describes work done by himself as "early in 1971" on catheter drainage of large pericardial effusion. In reply to his letter, Thomas J. Fuller states: "The technique for insertion of an indwelling catheter into large nonuremic pericardial effusions followed by prolonged drainage for up to seven days was first reported by Massumi et al in 1968."1For the record, Bernard H. Pastor, MD, and I first described the use of polyethylene catherer in pericardial paracentesis in 1955 in the New England Journal of Medicine (Nov 17, 1955).2 A search of the literature has revealed no earlier reports.

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