Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 299–301 | Cite as

Percutaneous balloon pericardiostomy for non-surgical management of recurrent pericardial tamponade: A case report

  • Z. D. Hajduczok
  • D. W. Ferguson
Case Reports


We report the case of a 26-year-old male with recurrent hemorrhagic cardiac tamponade occurring after initial management by needle pericardiocentesis and pigtail catheter drainage. As an alternative to open surgical pericardial fenestration, a percutaneous balloon pericardiostomy was performed with an 18 mm balloon catheter and over-the-wire insertion of a 16 F chest tube for 72 h of pericardial drainage. This non-surgical approach resulted in successful resolution of recurrent cardiac tamponade.

Key words

Tamponade Balloon dilation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. D. Hajduczok
    • 1
  • D. W. Ferguson
    • 1
  1. 1.Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa CityUSA

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