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Transesophageal echocardiogram

Luke Lamers, Erick E Jimenez, Catherine Allen, Derreck Hoyme, Entela Bua Lushaj, Petros V Anagnostopoulos
The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic capabilities of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) compared to completion angiography for detection of residual post-operative pulmonary artery lesions. This is a retrospective review of 19 consecutive surgical cases involving the pulmonary arteries that had post-operative TEE and completion angiography from 2014 to 2017. The echocardiograms were reviewed by 2 blinded examiners and categorized as adequate or inadequate visualization of the surgical repair...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Chloe Grace Meyer, Thomas Paul Vacek, Amit Bansal, Ravi Gurujal, Analkumar Parikh
This report illustrates a case of a 42-year-old male with a history of intravenous drug abuse who presented with septic shock. Diagnostic studies, including a transthoracic echocardiogram, chest computed tomography angiography, transesophageal echocardiogram, and blood cultures ultimately revealed Serratia marcescens pulmonic valve infective endocarditis that was treated with intravenous antibiotics. In addition to the rare form of endocarditis and bacterium involved, this case brings into awareness the dynamic nature of the hospital course that requires vigilance in responding to hypotensive episodes for consideration of pulmonary embolism...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Matteo Cameli, Stefano Lunghetti, Giulia Elena Mandoli, Francesca Maria Righini, Matteo Lisi, Valeria Curci, Cristina Di Tommaso, Marco Solari, Dan Nistor, Annalaura Gismondi, Marta Focardi, Roberto Favilli, Sergio Mondillo
Background and Purpose: Atrial fibrillation (AF) has a high prevalence in the population and it is responsible for up to the 25% of the strokes in elderly people. The aim of our study was to assess the correlations of left atrial (LA) functional parameter, global peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS), derived from speckle tracking echocardiography (STE), with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) findings in patients with persistent AF undergoing TEE before electrical cardioversion or ablation procedures...
December 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Hythem M Nawaytou, Laura Mercer-Rosa, Alexandra Channing, Meryl S Cohen
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (iTEE) is used to assess for residual left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) after surgical resection of subaortic membrane causing subaortic stenosis (sub-AS). We aimed to identify the iTEE features associated with recurrence of LVOTO. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of children undergoing sub-AS resection from June 2006 to June 2014. Doppler assessment of the flow velocity and the anatomical features of the left ventricular outflow tract were analyzed from stored echocardiograms...
February 13, 2018: Echocardiography
Jin Ma, Shiyu Ma, Chunxia Yin, Huanlin Wu
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate whether a Shengmai San-derived herbal, Fumai granule (FM), which had a preventive effect on atrial fibrillation (AF) in myocardial infarction (MI)-induced heart failure (HF) rat and to determine the underlying mechanisms. DESIGN AND METHODS: MI was induced by a ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery. One week after MI surgery, FM was gavaged for 4 weeks. AF inducibility was detected by transesophageal programmed electrical stimulation technology...
February 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Lorenzo De Marchi, Janice Lee, Nina Rawtani, Vinh Nguyen
Supported by a growing number of studies and case reports in the literature, perioperative use of TEE in non-cardiac cases has significantly increased the past two decades. The utility of TEE in monitoring hemodynamic, and diagnosing causes of hypotension refractory to conventional therapy, have made it an almost indispensible tool during major surgeries, such liver transplantation. Despite this fact, compared to the adult population, there is a lack of an equivalent amount of literature on the perioperative use of TEE in pediatric cases...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Chung-Jong Kim, Jeong-Eun Yi, Yookyung Kim, Hee Jung Choi
RATIONALE: Infective endocarditis (IE) is a life-threatening disease, mostly caused by gram-positive bacteria. Gram-negative bacteria were identified as a causative organism in relatively small number of cases. Although, antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli is common cause of gram-negative endocarditis, AmpC beta-lactamase (BL)-harboring E coli is very rare cause of IE. Furthermore, emphysematous endocarditis is also a very rare manifestation of E coli infection. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of 80-year-old female patient presenting with dizziness, fever, and altered mental status, who was finally diagnosed with emphysematous endocarditis caused by E coli harboring an AmpC BL gene...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Khalid Najib, Mark Heckle, Sameh Goubran, Rhadika Mehta, Rohan Goswami, Rami N Khouzam
A paradoxical embolism is defined as a systemic arterial embolus due to passage of a venous thrombus through a right to left shunt. We describe a case of acute cerebral vascular accident (CVA), right subclavian arterial embolus, and pulmonary emboli in the setting of a large patent foramen ovale (PFO). A 74-year-old woman with multiple comorbidities presented to the emergency department with acute onset of shortness of breath, weakness, and right arm pain. She was found to have bilateral pulmonary emboli, left CVA, and a right subclavian arterial embolus on computed tomography (CT)...
January 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
Maria Livia Burzo, Mariangela Antonelli, Giovanni Pecorini, Angela M R Favuzzi, Raffaele Landolfi, Andrea Flex
RATIONALE: Fever of unknown origin (FUO) can be determined by different conditions among which infectious diseases represent the main cause. PATIENT CONCERNS: A young woman, with a history of aortic stenosis, was admitted to our unit for a month of intermittent fever associated with a new diastolic heart murmur and splenomegaly. Laboratory tests were negative for infectious screening. The total body computed tomography (CT) scan excluded abscesses, occulted neoplasia, or lymphadenopathy...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Catarina Queirós, Elsa Francisco, João Almeida
A 65-year-old woman with no significant prior medical history presented, in the postoperative course of a complicated cholecystectomy, several episodes of arterial desaturation. Pulmonary embolism was repeatedly suspected, but there was no evidence of pulmonary thrombus on the chest computed tomography angiographies obtained. As these episodes were mainly induced by postural changes, a platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome was suspected. A transthoracic echocardiogram was performed and revealed a patent foramen ovale...
November 29, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
Safieh Golestaneh, Mohammad Amin Kashef, William L Hiser, Amir S Lotfi, Timothy G Egan
Aneurysm of the sinus of Valsalva, a rare cardiac condition, results from dilation of an aortic sinus. Sudden aneurysm rupture can trigger rapidly progressive heart failure. We discuss the case of a 57-year-old woman with situs ambiguus, isolated levocardia, and polysplenia who presented with acute-onset heart failure. Transesophageal echocardiograms revealed an aneurysm of the right coronary sinus of Valsalva that had ruptured into the right atrial cavity. The patient underwent successful surgical repair. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a sinus of Valsalva aneurysm in a patient with this combination of congenital abnormalities...
December 2017: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Vincenzo Russo, Anna Rago, Andrea Antonio Papa, Antonio D'Onofrio, Paolo Golino, Gerardo Nigro
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are predisposed to a hypercoagulable state and are at an increased risk for thromboembolic events when undergoing procedures. This study investigated the long-term efficacy and safety of newly initiated anticoagulation with dabigatran versus uninterrupted vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy in patients with AF scheduled for transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)-guided direct electrical current cardioversion (DCC). Consecutive adult patients with persistent AF scheduled to undergo DCC were included in the study...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Konstantinos C Theodoropoulos, Alexandros Papachristidis, Michael Papitsas, Jonathan Byrne, Mark J Monaghan
We present a case of a 68-year-old man with calciphylaxis, who was found to have a floating thrombus in the descending aorta on a transesophageal echocardiogram. The use of 3D echocardiography demonstrated nicely the free motion of the thrombus, emerging from an atherosclerotic plaque in the descending aorta. Anticoagulation was started for thromboembolism prevention.
January 2018: Echocardiography
Saki Hosokawa, Hideki Okayama, Go Hiasa, Go Kawamura, Tatsuya Shigematsu, Tatsunori Takahashi, Yoshitaka Kawada, Tadakatsu Yamada, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Yukio Kazatani
A 52-year-old man presented with a fever and malaise. Transthoracic echocardiogram was performed because of a holosystolic murmur, which showed mitral valve prolapse and a regurgitation jet toward the posterior wall of the left atrium. There was no apparent vegetation at any valves. Blood cultures were positive for Streptococcus mitis/oralis. Transesophageal echocardiogram revealed vegetation only at the posterior wall of the left atrium exposed to the mitral regurgitant jet. We diagnosed this condition as infective mural endocarditis...
December 8, 2017: Internal Medicine
Katherine Ruiz, Jorge Curotto-Grasiosi, Rogelio A Machado, Adriana Angel, Diego Alasia, Bruno Peressotti
A 54-year-old man, ex smoker with high blood pressure and a history of possible Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome was admitted for presenting an episode suggestive of acute coronary syndrome with immediate syncope and left bundle branch block, while performing physical activity. Angioplasty and a drug-eluting stent were performed in the left circumflex artery. Subsequently, Doppler echocardiography disclosed an image suggestive of a subaortic membrane. Given these findings, the patient underwent a 3D transesophageal echocardiogram and a magnetic resonance study, which confirmed the diagnosis of a subaortic membrane...
November 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
Martin W Bergmann, Carsten W Israel
In Europe left atrial appendage occluders (LAAO) are most frequently used in patients with contraindications for oral anticoagulation (OAC); therefore, the classical therapeutic OAC scheme from the PROTECT-AF trial (vitamin K antagonist plus acetylsalicylic acid) is usually changed to dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) after implantation of a Watchman® or Amulet® LAAO (St. Jude Medical/Abbott, Eschborn, Germany). For many years, patients with an LAAO received DAPT for 1-6 months. The current standard comprises DAPT for 3 months, followed by permanent acetylsalicylic acid monotherapy if the transesophageal echocardiogram excludes a thrombus at the site of the LAAO...
December 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
John R Woytanowski, Nausheen Hakim, Caytlin Deering, Sara Schultz
Invasive pneumococcus is a serious illness with potentially devastating outcomes. A 64-year-old female with a medical history of psoriatic arthritis and diabetes was transferred from an outside hospital for ventilator dependent respiratory failure and altered mental status. She initially presented with worsening back pain and was found to have leukocytosis with bandemia and acute renal failure but she was in septic shock upon arrival to our tertiary care center. Her blood cultures grew Streptococcus pneumoniae and MRI of the brain revealed pus within the posterior lateral ventricles and multiple infarcts...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
William Froehlich, Jip L Tolenaar, Kevin M Harris, Craig Strauss, Thoralf M Sundt, Thomas T Tsai, Mark D Peterson, Arturo Evangelista, Daniel G Montgomery, Eva Kline-Rogers, Christoph A Nienaber, James B Froehlich, Eric M Isselbacher, Kim A Eagle, Santi Trimarchi
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this research is to analyze factors associated with delays to surgical management of Type A acute aortic dissection patients. METHODS: Time from diagnosis to surgery and associated factors were evaluated in 1880 surgically managed Type A dissection patients enrolled in the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection. RESULTS: The majority of patients were transferred (75.7% vs 24.3%). Patients who were transferred had a median delay from diagnosis to surgery of 4...
March 2018: American Journal of Medicine
Chieh-Ju Chao, Dawn Jaroszewski, Michael Gotway, MennatAllah Ewais, Susan Wilansky, Steven Lester, Samuel Unzek, Christopher P Appleton, Hari P Chaliki, Brantley D Gaitan, Farouk Mookadam, Tasneem Z Naqvi
BACKGROUND: The cardiopulmonary benefits of pectus excavatum repair have been debated. Echocardiographic speckle-tracking strain and strain rate have been used to evaluate and detect subclinical myocardial dysfunction in patients receiving cardiotoxic chemotherapy, and patients with valvular heart disease. This technology was applied to evaluate the effects of pectus excavatum surgery on left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) function. METHODS: Speckle tracing strain evaluation was performed on intraoperative transesophageal echocardiographic images acquired immediately before and after Nuss repair in adult patients (aged 18 years or more) from 2011 to 2014...
January 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
David R Perkins, James A Hall, Lisa M Lopez, Lizbeth Janice Cahuayme-Zuniga
INTRODUCTION: When clinicians think about Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, what comes to the mind of most is the dreaded methicillin-resistant form. However, clinicians should not forget the methicillin-susceptible type, which is just as virulent. CASE PRESENTATION: The authors present the case of a 20-year-old woman who was admitted with septic shock and multi-organ failure and was found to have disseminated methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) infection...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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