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July 1975

Pericardial Effusions in Patients With Malignant Diseases

Author Affiliations

From the hematology/oncology (Drs. Flannery and Corder) and cardiology (Dr. Gregoratos) services, Department of Medicine, Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(7):976-977. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330070098016

Six consecutive patients with malignant disease who developed a pericardial effusion were successfully treated with a single pericardiocentesis (two patients) or with indwelling pericardial catheter drainage (four patients). There were no complications in either group. Short-term catheter drainage appears to be a safe and effective alternative to surgical establishment of a pericardial window.

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