Detection of right-to-left Atrial communication using agitated saline contrast imaging : experience with 1162 patients and recommendations for echocardiography

@article{Marriott2013DetectionOR,
  title={Detection of right-to-left Atrial communication using agitated saline contrast imaging : experience with 1162 patients and recommendations for echocardiography},
  author={Kate Marriott and Vance Manins and Anthony Forshaw and Jeremy Wright and Roess Pascoe},
  journal={Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography},
  year={2013},
  volume={26 1},
  pages={96-102}
}
BACKGROUND Right-to-left shunting via a patent foramen ovale (PFO) has a recognized association with embolic events in younger patients. The use of agitated saline contrast injection (ASCi) for detecting atrial shunting is well documented, but the optimal technique is not well described. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of transthoracic echocardiographic (TTE) ASCi for the assessment of right-to-left atrial communication in a large cohort of patients. METHODS A… CONTINUE READING

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