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Transesophageal echocadiography

J Tebbenjohanns, T Korte
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in adults. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation terminates spontaneously, whereas the persistent form terminates only after medical or electrical cardioversion. Permanent atrial fibrillation cannot be cardioverted. Restoration of sinus rhythm can be achieved by antiarrhythmic drugs or electrical cardioversion, both performed under continuous electrocardiographic monitoring. If atrial fibrillation has lasted longer than 48 hours or the precise time of onset cannot be determined, there are two alternative approaches: systemic anticoagulation to achieve an international normalised ratio (INR) of 2...
June 2003: Der Internist
Edward Gologorsky, Angela Gologorsky, David L Galbut, Abraham Wolfenson
The differential diagnosis of extracavitary, intramural and intracavitary disease may be difficult. An extrinsic compression of the left atrium by a dissecting pericardial hematoma was misdiagnosed as an intracavitary mass, by echocadiography and computer tomography. This case emphasizes the importance of patient history and clinical setting.
September 2002: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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