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After Tamponade, Pericardial Drain Removal Safe Once Dry

from MedPage Today

After treating cardiac tamponade arising from atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter ablation, pericardial drains do not need to be kept in place for an additional 12 to 24 hours, researchers suggested. Not one of the AF patients who had the drains taken out early — in the cath lab — needed repeat pericardiocentesis before hospital discharge, Michala Pedersen, MD, of John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, and colleagues reported online in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. more

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