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Transesophageal echocardiogram

Prakash Aroor Sarvotham Rao, S N Nagendra Prakash, Somanath Vasudev, M Girish, Arun Srinivas, H P Guru Prasad, P Jayakumar, Venu Gopal Anandaswamy
We present a 62-year-old lady admitted in our hospital with two episodes of acute ischemic stroke about 2 weeks apart. She was evaluated for acute ischemic stroke and was thrombolysed for recent stroke in right MCA territory first time. On further evaluation, she was found to have a RVOT mass. A transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiogram revealed a PFO and a large, 5.1cm×2.3cm, ovoid, well circumscribed, echogenic mass in the right ventricle outflow tract attached by small pedicle to the ventricular side of anterior tricuspid leaflet, partly obstructing the right ventricular outflow tract and protruding through the pulmonic valve during systole...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Lin Wang, Madhavi Kadiyala, Elana Koss, Abhimanyu Yarramaneni, Kathleen Rapelje, Stephanie Kampfer, Nathaniel Reichek, David Hoch, Vinay Jayam, Joseph Levine, Jie J Cao
BACKGROUND: We investigated CT angiography (CTA) in assessment of left atrial appendage (LAA) stasis and thrombus in pre-procedural evaluation for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation in a large community cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS: We reviewed CTA and transesophageal echocardiographic images obtained in 861 consecutive patients with a history of AF undergoing same-day CTA and transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) before AF ablation at a single hospital (2006-2013)...
October 12, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Fouad Ghazi Souki, Michael Demos, Lilibeth Fermin, Gaetano Ciancio
Advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) resection has important anesthetic management implications, particularly when tumor extends, suprahepatic, into the right atrium. Use of transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is essential in identifying tumor extension and guiding resection. Latest surgical approach avoids venovenous and cardiopulmonary bypass yet requires special precautions and interventions on the anesthesiologist's part. We present a case of Level IV RCC resected without cardiopulmonary bypass and salvaged by TEE guidance and detection of residual intracardiac tumor...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Yashwant Agrawal, Monoj Konda, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta
Complications of valvular infective endocarditis involving the peri-annular region puts the patient at a significantly high risk of adverse outcomes including heart failure and death. The "mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa" is relatively avascular and offers little resistance to the spread of abscesses, aneurysm, and fistula formation. Aorto-cavitary fistulous tract formation in the setting of native valve infective endocarditis is associated with higher rates of heart failure, ventricular septal defect, and atrioventricular block than nonruptured abscesses...
October 2016: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
Bhaskar Bhardwaj, Ata Bajwa, Amit Sharma, Arooge Towheed, Bakul V Sanghani, A Iain McGhie
A 71-year-old male presented after sudden onset of confusion and expressive aphasia. MRI head revealed multiple ischemic lesions consistent with cardio-embolic pathophysiology. A computed tomography angiography of lung showed peripheral pulmonary emboli. He underwent a transesophageal echocardiogram as a part of the stroke workup and was found to have vegetations on both aortic and tricuspid valves. The blood cultures did not show any growth, and the patient remained afebrile during the course of hospitalization...
September 30, 2016: Echocardiography
Varun Miriyala, Muhammad Umer Awan, Kirmanj Faraj, Bipinpreet Nagra
A 72-year-old male is diagnosed with paradoxical embolus after he presented with concurrent deep vein thrombosis, stroke, and multiple arterial emboli in the presence of a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Paradoxical embolus requires the passage of a thrombus from the venous into the arterial circulation through a right-to-left shunt leading to systemic embolism. But, despite the high incidence of PFO (27.3% across all age groups by autopsy), paradoxical embolism (PDE) is uncommon, representing <2% of all arterial emboli...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Tapan Kavi, Megan Esch, Brenda Rinsky, Axel Rosengart, Shouri Lahiri, Patrick D Lyden
BACKGROUND: Transcranial Doppler (TCD) has significant implications for neurovascular assessment in patients being treated with venoarterial-extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO). However, there have been no studies demonstrating the changes in pulsatility indices (PIs) seen in these patients. Nonpulsatile waveforms are seen during on-pump coronary artery bypass graft, but low or low-normal PIs have never been reported. It is important to be aware of these changes, as they can be misinterpreted as cerebral vasodilation, vasoconstriction, increased intracranial pressures (ICPs), or cerebral circulatory arrest...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Juan Ruiz-García, Irene Canal-Fontcuberta
A 72-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with fever >38°C of unknown origin. Blood cultures were positive in two sets for Staphylococcus aureus. In the third day of admission, her husband drew attention to the presence of some small punctures in her right foot. Several small and non-tender, erythematous and hemorrhagic macular lesions were found on her sole (Janeway lesions). Besides, we detected some painful and palpable, erythematous nodules involving the pads of her toes (Osler nodes). At this point, according to the modified Duke criteria, the clinical diagnosis of definite infective endocarditis might be established...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Gaurav Chand, Leonid Shamban, Adam Forman, Prabhat Sinha
Streptococcus gallolyticus subspecies (subsp.) gallolyticus (formerly bovis biotype I) bacteremia has been associated with colonic adenocarcinoma. The bovis species underwent reclassification in 2003. Subtypes of gallolyticus are associated with colonic malignancy but are less frequent, resulting in less awareness. A 71-year-old male admitted with worsening lower back pain and fevers. Initial vital signs and laboratory data were within normal limits. MRI revealed lumbosacral osteomyelitis and antibiotics were initiated...
2016: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Peng Liu, Rijing Liu, Yan Zhang, Yingfeng Liu, Xiaoming Tang, Yanzhen Cheng
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to assess the clinical feasibility of generating 3D printing models of left atrial appendage (LAA) using real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) data for preoperative reference of LAA occlusion. BACKGROUND: Percutaneous LAA occlusion can effectively prevent patients with atrial fibrillation from stroke. However, the anatomical structure of LAA is so complicated that adequate information of its structure is essential for successful LAA occlusion...
August 19, 2016: Cardiology
Cesare Quarto, Simon Davies, Alison Duncan, Alistair Lindsay, Georg Lutter, Lucian Lozonschi, Neil Moat
OBJECTIVE: A small number of transcatheter mitral valve implants (TMVIs) have been reported using devices designed to treat secondary mitral regurgitation (MR). However, MR has many etiologies, and patients have a broad spectrum of annular size, geometry, and lesions. There are a number of technical challenges for TMVI including left ventricular outflow tract obstruction and paravalvular MR. Thirty days' outcome of first-in-man implants with a novel TMVI device is reported. METHODS: The Tendyne TMVI system consists of a porcine pericardial valve in a tethered nitinol frame...
May 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Shubhika Srivastava, Vivekanand Allada, Adel Younoszai, Leo Lopez, Brian D Soriano, Craig E Fleishman, Andrea M Van Hoever, Wyman W Lai
BACKGROUND: The American Society of Echocardiography Committee on Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory Productivity aimed to study factors that could influence the clinical productivity of physicians and sonographers and assess longitudinal trends for the same. The first survey results indicated that productivity correlated with the total volume of echocardiograms. METHODS: Survey questions were designed to assess productivity for (1) physician full-time equivalent (FTE) allocated to echocardiography reading (echocardiograms per physician FTE per day), (2) sonographer FTE (echocardiograms per sonographer FTE per year), and (3) machine utilization (echocardiograms per machine per year)...
October 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Gregory Y H Lip, Christoph Hammerstingl, Francisco Marin, Riccardo Cappato, Isabelle Ling Meng, Bodo Kirsch, Martin van Eickels, Ariel Cohen
BACKGROUND: Data on left atrial/left atrial appendage (LA/LAA) thrombus resolution after non-vitamin K antagonist (VKA) oral anticoagulant treatment are scarce. The primary objective of X-TRA was to explore the use of rivaroxaban for the resolution of LA/LAA thrombi in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter, with the CLOT-AF registry providing retrospective data after standard-of-care therapy in this setting. METHODS: X-TRA was a prospective, single-arm, open-label, multicenter study that investigated rivaroxaban treatment for 6 weeks for LA/LAA thrombus resolution in patients with nonvalvular AF or atrial flutter and LA/LAA thrombus confirmed at baseline on a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)...
August 2016: American Heart Journal
Peter S Y Yu, Calvin S H Ng, Micky W T Kwok, Malcolm J Underwood, Randolph H L Wong
A 66-year-old man presented with acute type I respiratory failure, and was diagnosed to have a huge mass occupying the right atrium (RA) of the heart, with no evidence of pulmonary embolism. Intra-operative transesophageal echocardiogram identified a patent foramen ovale (PFO) with right-to-left shunt apart from a huge right atrial tumor arising from the atrioventricular groove. The tumor was debulked, and the patent foramen was closed. Patient had an uneventful recovery and WAS discharged on post-operative day 7...
July 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Drew A Palmer, John E Humphrey, Ariel Fredrick, Thomas C Piemonte, John A Libertino
We report a case of a 54-year-old patient with a T3c renal mass with intracardiac extension of the thrombus to the level of the pulmonary valve. The patient was not a candidate for cardiopulmonary bypass due to recent pulmonary embolism. Under transesophageal echocardiogram guidance, the intracardiac thrombus was removed percutaneously via transvenous mechanical thrombectomy. The patient was effectively downstaged to T3b and underwent successful radical nephrectomy and inferior vena cava thrombectomy without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass...
October 2016: Urology
Stephen Melnick, Salik Nazir, Rittu Hingorani, Philip Wexler
We present the case of an elderly male who was initially seen in our hospital for a urinary tract infection that was treated with oral ciprofloxacin. He was admitted 2 weeks later with altered mental status and fever, and was found to have bacteraemia with Aerococcus urinae Owing to altered mental status a brain MRI was performed which showed evidence of embolic stroke. Following this, a transesophageal echocardiogram showed severe mitral regurgitation and a vegetation >1 cm involving the mitral valve with associated destruction of posterior valve leaflets...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Isaac Akkad, Siddharth Wartak, Manfred Moskovits, Adnan Sadiq, Robert Frankel, Gerald Hollander, Jacob Shani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 16, 2016: Journal of Echocardiography
Dylan Y Ren, Nathan D Fuller, Sara A B Gilbert, Yingmei Zhang
Cardiac tumors rare cardiac disorders with an overall incidence rate < 0.33%. Cardiac tumors can be classified as primary or secondary depending on the origins of tumors. Primary cardiac tumors (5% incidence) are rare compared with the secondary (95%, metastases of the heart) cardiac tumors. Given that cardiac tumors exhibit some nonspecific symptoms compared with other heart diseases, clinical diagnosis of cardiac tumors is rather challenging. Current evidence revealed that 75% of cardiac tumors are considered benign (myxoma, fibromas, lipomas, rhabdomyomas, hemangiomas, teratomas, papillary fibroelastomas, pericardial cysts or cystic tumor of atrioventricular node)...
July 3, 2016: Current Drug Targets
Zenab Laiq, Hirad Yarmohammadi, Yassar Nabeel, Sirtaz Adatya
Gas in myocardium is a rare manifestation of infective endocarditis caused by gas producing bacteria. We present a case of infective endocarditis caused by Citrobacter Koseri initially diagnosed by computed tomography and confirmed with transesophageal echocardiogram.
July 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Michael R Klein, Todd L Kiefer, Eric J Velazquez
Platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome is a rare disease defined by dyspnea and deoxygenation, induced by an upright position, and relieved by recumbency. Causes include shunting through a patent foramen ovale and pulmonary arteriovenous malformations. A 79-year-old woman experienced 2 syncopal episodes at rest and presented at another hospital. In the emergency department, she was hypoxic, needing 6 L/min of oxygen. Her chest radiograph showed nothing unusual. Transthoracic echocardiograms with saline microcavitation evaluation were mildly positive early after agitated-saline administration, suggesting intracardiac shunting...
June 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
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