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Intracardiac echocardiography

Dante Picarelli, Ruben Leone, José L Surraco, Nicolas Fernandez, Martin Antelo, Carolina Grela, Jorge Speyer, Domingo Bianchi, Mateo Rios, Pedro Chiesa
A 15-month-old infant with a systolic cardiac murmur developed an episode of nonsustained ventricular tachycardia during transthoracic echocardiography. A large intracardiac mass, which widened the interventricular septum causing right ventricular outflow tract obstruction, was seen and confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging. A cardiac fibroma was suspected, and because of the risk of life-threatening arrhythmias, surgery was rapidly considered. Despite the challenging location, the tumor was completely and successfully resected...
March 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
M H Zou, L Ma, Y S Xia, S C Yang, W D Chen, F Cao, X X Chen
Objective: To review the early and mid-term results of end-to-side anastomosis technique for interrupted aortic arch in neonates and infants. Methods: Clinic data of 46 patients were diagnosed as interrupted aortic arch in Department of Cardiac Surgery, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center between January 2010 and December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Twenty-six cases were neonates. The median age underwent surgery was 23 days (range: 2 days to 8 years). Anatomical subtypes included 36 cases of type A and 10 cases of type B...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Dee Dee Wang, Thomas J Forbes, James C Lee, Marvin H Eng
Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is a rapidly evolving technology. Multi-modality imaging and understanding of left atrial appendage anatomy are sure to advance. Two-dimensional and 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography with fluoroscopy are the mainstay for LAAO image-guided therapy. Key to successful LAAO is an understanding of the transseptal puncture, LAAO size selection for the device-specific landing zone, and postdeployment evaluation for leak and complications. With advancements in computed tomography, there may be a greater role for intracardiac echocardiographic imaging in specific types of LAAO anatomy and devices...
April 2018: Interventional Cardiology Clinics
Masahide Komagamine, Nobuyuki Furukawa, Jan Gummert, Jochen Börgermann
Transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation is a well-established alternative in patients at a high risk for conventional aortic valve replacement. We performed transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation on an 83-year-old woman with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis. Intraoperative transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation showed mild mitral regurgitation without intracardiac structural injury. In the intensive care unit, the patient gradually had haemodynamic instability; TOE revealed severe mitral regurgitation with A2 and A3 prolapse due to rupture of the posterior papillary muscle...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Nicholas Isom, Aniket S Rali, Ivan Damjanov, Kevin Hubbard, Joel Grigsby, Kamal Gupta
BACKGROUND Cardiac involvement by a malignant tumor is rare. However, this is a case of right heart failure due to cardiac metastasis from a yolk sac tumor. Although a few case reports of cardiac metastasis from yolk sac tumors have been published, to our knowledge this is the first instance of multiple metastases to the right ventricular of yolk sac tumor in an adult male. CASE REPORT The patient is a 46-year-old male with a history of testicular cancer that presented with dyspnea on exertion. He was found to have two large right sided intracardiac masses on echocardiography...
March 2, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Seema S Rao, Tyler L Scaff, John Gurley, Sibu Saha
Device therapy is a viable alternative to open heart surgery in the management of intracardiac defects. The Amplatzer septal occluder (ASO) is one such device that has been adapted to close a wide variety of cardiac defects with few complications and a high success rate. This is a retrospective review of all the patients who received the ASO between 2012 and 2016 at the University of Kentucky. In total, 169 patients underwent percutaneous closure of a septal defect with Amplatzer during the timeframe studied, and of those, 91% received the device for an atrial septal defect or patent foramen ovale...
March 2018: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
Li-Jun Chen, Yu-Qi Zhang, Zhi-Rong Tong, Ai-Min Sun
Analysis of hemodynamics inside tricuspid atresia (TA) chamber is essential to the understanding of TA for optimal treatment. In this study, we introduced a combined computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate blood flow in the left ventricle (LV) to study the diastolic flow changes in TA.Real-time 3-dimentional echocardiography loops (ECHO) were acquired in normal control group, in TA patients before surgery (pre-op group) and after surgery (post-op group). ECHO loops were reconstructed and simulated by CFD, the geometric, volumetric changes, and vortices in the LV were studies and compare among 3 groups...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Maureen S Oldach, Catherine T Gunther-Harrington, Ingrid M Balsa, Ehren M McLarty, Kyle A Wakeman, Kathryn L Phillips, Juhana Honkavaara, Lance C Visser, Joshua A Stern
A cat was evaluated for an acute-onset of right pelvic limb paresis. Thoracic radiographs revealed normal cardiac size and tortuous pulmonary arteries. Abdominal ultrasound identified a heartworm (HW) extending from the caudal abdominal aorta into the right external iliac artery and right femoral artery. The cat was HW-antigen positive. Echocardiography revealed a HW within the right branch of the main pulmonary artery and evidence of pulmonary hypertension. An agitated-saline contrast echocardiogram revealed a small right to left intracardiac shunt at the level of the atria...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Antonis S Manolis, Spyridon Koulouris, Efthymia Rouska, John Pyrros
OBJECTIVE: Percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) is routinely performed under general anesthesia or deep sedation and use of transesophageal (TEE) or intracardiac echocardiography, incurring longer duration and higher cost. We have used a simplified, economical, fluoroscopy-only guided approach with local anesthesia, and herein report our data. METHODS: The study includes 112 procedures in 110 patients with PFO (n=75) or ASD (n=35), with use of an Amplatzer occluder, heparin and prophylactic antibiotics...
January 2018: Indian Heart Journal
Ahmed A Abouarab, Adham Elmously, Jeremy R Leonard, Mohammed J Arisha, Mario Gaudino, Naveent Narula, Arash Salemi
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a major cause of nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis (NBTE) associated with intracardiac sterile vegetations. It is rare for vegetations to present as an atrial tumor. This report describes a 48-year-old female with SLE and antiphospholipid syndrome complicated by recurrent thrombosis on anticoagulation. A large left atrial mass lesion was detected on echocardiography during a work-up for leg burning. Infective endocarditis could not be confirmed, and hence left atrial mass lesion was the most likely diagnosis...
February 15, 2018: Cardiology
Takashi Nakashima, Masanori Kawasaki, Hiroyuki Toyoshi, Nobuhiro Takasugi, Tomoki Kubota, Hiromitsu Kanamori, Hiroaki Ushikoshi, Takuma Aoyama, Kazuhiko Nishigaki, Shinya Minatoguchi
PURPOSE: The purposes of this study were to investigate pulmonary vein cross-sectional orifice area (PV-CSOA) using intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) and to determine its association with atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). METHODS: We studied 77 patients undergoing initial RFCA for AF (55 paroxysmal and 22 persistent AF patients, mean age 61 ± 12 years, 59 men). The PV-CSOA was measured in each patient and expressed as an index divided by the body surface area-left superior (LSPV-CSOA), left inferior (LIPV-CSOA), right superior (RSPV-CSOA), and right inferior (RIPV-CSOA)...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Funda Oztunc, Sezen Ugan Atik, Reyhan Dedeoglu, Mehmet Aytac Yuksel, Rıza Madazlı
Aortic arch anomalies refer to congenital malformations of position or branching pattern of the aortic arch. To-date, only a few small studies have documented prenatal detection of aortic arch anomalies. In this article, we share our experience in detecting aortic arch anomalies. Foetal echocardiograms, clinic and genetic histories of 33 patients who had been diagnosed with aortic arch anomaly from 2007 to 2015 were reviewed. In 15 patients, right aortic arch with mirror image branching; in 13 patients, right aortic arch with left ductus arteriosus and aberrant left subclavian artery; in three patients, left aortic arch with aberrant right subclavian artery; in one patient bilateral ductus and right aortic arch with aberrant left subclavian artery and in one patient double aortic arch were detected...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Amanda M Kleiman, Lindsay M Harding, Allison J Bechtel
Masses in and near the interatrial septum may be either benign or malignant. The most common mass near the interatrial septum is lipomatous atrial septal hypertrophy (LASH). LASH can be present in patients with intracardiac malignancies, myxomas, lipomas, or other cardiac masses. It is important to recognize the transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) characteristics of these pathologies to arrive at an accurate diagnosis with an appropriate plan for intraoperative resection. At the authors' institution, patients have been referred for surgery due to a finding of significant LASH masquerading as a left atrial myxoma...
February 11, 2018: Echocardiography
Brit Long, Jennifer Robertson, Alex Koyfman, Kurian Maliel, Justin R Warix
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an abnormal heart rhythm which may lead to stroke, heart failure, and death. Emergency physicians play a role in diagnosing AF, managing symptoms, and lessening complications from this dysrhythmia. OBJECTIVE: This review evaluates recent literature and addresses ED considerations in the management of AF. DISCUSSION: Emergency physicians should first assess patient clinical stability and evaluate and treat reversible causes...
January 30, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Yang Zhan, Jacqueline Joza, Mohamed Al Rawahi, Rodrigo S Barbosa, Michelle Samuel, Martin Bernier, Thao Huynh, George Thanassoulis, Vidal Essebag
BACKGROUND: Intracardiac thrombi arising in the left atrial appendage (LAA) are the principal cause of stroke in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Predicting the presence of LAA thrombi is of vital importance in stratifying patients that would need further LAA imaging prior to cardioversion or AF ablation. METHODS: We comprehensively searched PubMed from its inception to November 2017 for randomized controlled trials, cohort and case control studies, as well as for case series on LAA thrombi risk factors, imaging, prevention, and anticoagulation management in atrial fibrillation...
December 15, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Marco Zanobini, Antonio Dello Russo, Matteo Saccocci, Sergio Conti, Elisa De Camilli, Giulia Vettor, Valentina Catto, Maurizio Roberto, Cesare Fiorentini, Giuseppe Viale, Claudio Tondo, Michela Casella
BACKGROUND: Based on a plenty of different applications, intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is now a well-established technology in complex electrophysiological procedures. Recently, ICE has become the most widely used ultrasound-based imaging tool to guide diagnostic endomyocardial biopsy (EMB). EMB of cardiac mass guided by ICE is an interesting application of ICE. Allowing a correct positioning of the bioptome, ICE reduce the procedure-related risks and the need of a diagnostic open-chest procedure reserving the more invasive approach to selected cases...
January 30, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Benjamin Schaeffer, Lea Rüden, Tim Salzbrunn, Hans O Pinnschmidt, Ruken Özge Akbulak, Julia Magdalena Moser, Mario Jularic, Christian Meyer, Christian Eickholt, Arian Sultan, Jakob Lüker, Daniel Steven, Stephan Willems, Boris Alexander Hoffmann
AIMS: To evaluate the incidence of newly diagnosed intracardiac thrombi (ICT) in respect to the mode of OAC in patients undergoing cardioversion (CV). METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively assessed transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and OAC therapy prior to CV in AF patients with ≥48h duration scheduled for CV. A total of 60 first-time ICT (4.7%) were diagnosed in 1286 TEE, with highest rate in patients without OAC (9.6% vs. OAC 4.1% p = 0.009) and an apparently lower rate in non-vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants (NOAC) therapy compared to vitamin K antagonist (VKA) (2...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
C Kavvouras, M Vavuranakis, S Vaina, K Lampropoulos, G Bazoukis, G Tse, D Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) plays a unique role in transcatheter closure of atrial septal defects (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO). However, problems such as the need for general anesthesia, possible trauma from endotracheal intubation, presence of "blind spots," and occasional inadequate imaging of some cardiac structures have necessitated better imaging techniques. Our study aimed to compare the findings of TEE during the initial diagnostic examination with those from intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) acquired during the interventional procedure...
January 26, 2018: Herz
George S Heriot, Steven Y C Tong, Allen C Cheng, Irani Thevarajan, Michele R Levinson, Kumar Visvanathan, Danny Liew
The objective of this investigation was to assess whether between-hospital variation in echocardiography usage for patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) is explained by differences in patients' pre-test probability of endocarditis. This was a retrospective cohort study at three neighbouring hospitals in Australia. Consecutive episodes of SAB were reviewed for the presence of three endocarditis risk factors (community onset, prolonged bacteraemia and the presence of an intracardiac prosthetic device) and the performance and results of all echocardiography studies within 30 days...
January 22, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Antoine Legendre, Diala Khraiche, Phalla Ou, François-Xavier Mauvais, Marine Madrange, Anne-Sophie Guemann, Jean-Philippe Jais, Damien Bonnet, Yamina Hamel, Pascale de Lonlay
INTRODUCTION: Lipin-1 deficiency is a major cause of rhabdomyolysis that are precipitated by febrile illness. The prognosis is poor, with one-third of patients dying from cardiac arrest during a crisis episode. Apart from acute rhabdomyolysis, most patients are healthy, showing normal clinical and cardiac ultrasound parameters. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We report cardiac and exercise examinations of 8 children carrying two LPIN1 mutations. The examinations were performed outside of a myolysis episode, but one patient presented with fever during one examination...
January 5, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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