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It is the procedure of removing collected secretion or blood in the pericardial space. The collection may be because of varied reasons and is removed only if either its presence is life threatening or the fluid is required for diagnostic assessment. The procedure is done in cardiac catheterisation lab under fluoroscopy. It is done under the effect of local anesthesia. Only after explaining the procedure details to the patients and attendants, informed consent is taken for same and thereafter the effusion drained.
MBBS, MD, DM