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Sadly, things don’t always go as planned.
My cousin also had pericardial effusion. He had two pericardiocentesis procedures which removed a lot of fluid. The fluid quickly
re-accumulated so he had a pericardial window. This too failed to control the large amount of fluid so a second window was done, this time a subxiphoid window. It too was unsuccessful so they had to remove as much of his pericardium as possible. This was successful however during one of the surgeries a nerve was damaged or cut, probably the phrenic nerve that controls the diaphragm. Now some of his abdominal organs are in his chest and because the diaphragm is partially paralyzed he’s on oxygen 24/7. The cause of the fluid has never been determined.