Cyprus Medical Journal, v. 15, n. 1-2, 1997 [pg.27-28]
The first case of endoscopic pericardial windowing in Cyprus was performed successfully in November 1996. Until then, we had preferred a limited left anterolateral thoractomy to perform pericardiectomy for effusive pericarditis. Also, we had retained subxiphoid pericardial drainage for patients with cardiac tamponade and significant general impairment. Now we are gaining experience in video-assisted thoracic surgical pericardial resection and we believe that this method - at some stage - will replace the traditional approaches. Endoscopic pericardiectomy may become the surgical procedure of choice for effusive pericarditis. It encloses all the benefits of endoscopic surgery.