Pericardial drainage and pericardial fenestration
What is pericardial drainage?
The pericardium is a sturdy fibrous sac surrounding the heart in which a little bit of fluid can be found. Abnormal fluid buildup can be drained using a thin tube (also known as a drain) through the skin (percutaneous). During pericardial drainage, the fluid buildup in the sac is removed through a drain. This is an image-guided procedure (ultrasound) led by your interventional radiologist. Percutaneous drainage is often the safest, most minimally invasive and more effective way to remove fluid buildup from the body.