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Pericardiocentesis Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a pericardiocentesis, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Needle damage to an organ in the chest, like the lung or heart
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Disruption of the heart’s normal rhythm

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • History of smoking
  • History of excess alcohol consumption
  • Use of blood thinners or blood clotting problems
  • Shock

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the insertion site
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Cough, difficulty breathing, or chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

 
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