Published in Heart Disease Weekly, November 28th, 2004
According to a study from Greece, "In order to evaluate the usefulness of surgical drainage in the treatment of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related cardiac tamponade, we reviewed our experience with subxiphoid pericardiostomy on 5 consequent such patients."
"One patient died in the immediate postoperative period and the remaining 4 died within 21 weeks after the operation," T.J. Dosios and coworkers reported.
"Similar results have been reported by other authors who found that surgical drainage has no diagnostic or therapeutic benefit...
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