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[Transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography in aortic dissection]


JANUARY 29, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(01)

[ The severe prognosis of aortic dissection can only be improved by early diagnosis. The role of echocardiography was assessed. Echocardiographic findings were analysed in 32 patients in whom aortic dissection was confirmed by other methods between September 1984 and July 1991. In 19 of them only transthoracic echo (TTE), in 13 patients both TTE and transesophageal echo (TEE) was performed. Control group consisted of 21 patients in whom the clinical suspicion of dissection was ruled out. The DeBakey classification was used. Among 14 acute and 18 chronic cases type I was confirmed in 9, type II in 15 and type III in 8. The sensitivity of clinical suspicion, TTE, TEE and angiography was 34, 72, 92, 94% resp. TEE correctly identified the types, entry and reentry sites, false lumen and left coronary ostium. TTE was valuable in the detection of complications and of etiologic factors of dissection. Hypertension (12) and Marfan's syndrome (7) were the leading etiologic factors. As previously has been reported in the diagnosis of aortic dissection TEE was a safe and reliable technique. It was superior to TTE and was as correct as angiography. The combined use of TTE and TEE is recommended in each case of clinically suspected dissection. The importance of the echocardiographic detection of cardiac complications and etiologic factors is emphasized in the management and prevention.]


  1. Országos Kardiológiai Intézet, Budapest



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