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Pericardial Effusion

Rapid Summary
5 Minute Video

Where to put the probe:

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• Pericardial Effusion may also be visible with the PLAX, PSAX and AP4 cardiac windows
• Start low in abdomen, parallel to floor and slowly move towards head, sweep through the heart
• Use the liver as a window (start further to patient's right) and have the patient bend their knees to relax abdomen

When to scan:

Where you put the probe:

subxiphoid-video-GIF (3)

• Pericardial Effusion may also be visible with the PLAX, PSAX and AP4 cardiac windows
• Start low in abdomen, parallel to floor and slowly move towards head, sweep through the heart
• Use the liver as a window (start further to patient's right) and have the patient bend their knees to relax abdomen

Findings

Effusion will first accumulate in the most dependent area of the heart (posterior/inferior).