Luigi Tronconi

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In prosthetic or paravalvular prosthetic mitral regurgitation, transthoracic color Doppler flow mapping can sometimes fail to detect the regurgitant jet within the left atrium because of the shadowing by the prosthetic valve. To overcome this limitation, we assessed the utility of color Doppler visualization of the flow convergence region (FCR) proximal to(More)
Rupture of the ventricular septum in the acute phase of myocardial infarction (MI) requires prompt recognition for correct management. The 2-dimensional and pulsed Doppler echocardiographic findings are reported from 11 patients with ventricular septal (VS) rupture. VS rupture was confirmed by cardiac catheterization in 9 patients, surgery in 4 patients and(More)
Doppler characteristics of normally functioning tilting disk prostheses in aortic position were studied in 55 patients (30 Medtronic-Hall and 25 Sorin) whose valvular function was considered normal using clinical and echocardiographic evaluation. Peak gradients, mean gradients and effective orifice area were estimated for different sizes of prostheses. The(More)
Congenital absence of the left pericardium, partial or complete, is an uncommon cardiac defect. Most patients affected by this abnormality are asymptomatic. Usually it is suspected on the basis of a chest X-ray showing a normal sized cardiac shadow projecting entirely to the left of the spine. Computed axial tomography confirmed the absence of the left(More)