Comparison of transesophageal echocardiography versus computed tomography for detection of left atrial appendage filling defect (thrombus).

@article{Budoff2014ComparisonOT,
  title={Comparison of transesophageal echocardiography versus computed tomography for detection of left atrial appendage filling defect (thrombus).},
  author={Matthew J. Budoff and Adekunle Shittu and Yalçin Hacioğlu and Eli S Gang and Dong Li and Harpreet Bhatia and Juan Alvergue and Ronald P. Karlsberg},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={113 1},
  pages={173-7}
}
Patients with atrial fibrillation, who are referred for radiofrequency pulmonary vein antral isolation, frequently undergo transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to detect and/or exclude left atrial or left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus and cardiac computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) to define and/or evaluate left atrial and pulmonary venous anatomy. Previous studies have reported CCTA to have high sensitivity and negative predictive value (NPV) for detecting thrombus in the LAA. Previous… CONTINUE READING
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