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WINDOW. An opening made in the wall of a house to admit light and air, and to enable those who are in to look out.
     2. The owner has a right to make as many windows in his house when not built on the line of his property as he may deem proper, although by so doing be may destroy the privacy of his neighbors. Bac. Ab. Actions in general, B.
     3. In cities and towns it is evident that the owner of a house cannot open windows in the partition wall without the consent of the owner of the adjoining property, unless he possesses the right of having ancient lights. (q.v.) The opening of such windows and destroying the privacy of the adjoining property, is not, however, actionable; the remedy against such encroachment is by obstructing them, without encroaching upon the rights of the party who opened them, so as to prevent a right from being acquired by twenty years use. 3 Camp. 82.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Attempt to drain the pericardial effusion with subxiphoid pericardial window was terminated due to fusion of pericardium to the anterior surface of right ventricle.
After numerous blood tests, ECGs, Echo cardiograms and a CT scan it was decided I would require a pericardial window and chest drain to rectify the matter.
There has been evidence of a recurrence rate of 40% of MPE in patients who do not receive additional treatment such as continuous drainage catheter, performing a pericardial window or sclerosing therapy (12).
Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery pericardial window. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2006;131: 921-922.
After detailed discussion with patient, she underwent a second hiatal hernia repair, left thoracotomy, distal esophagectomy, subtotal gastrectomy, feeding jejunostomy, and pericardial window through thoracoabdominal approach.
Malignant pericardial effusion, which often is undiagnosed in ca patients, can be treated with pericardiocentesis or a pericardial window procedure.