Diagnosis of left atrial appendage thrombi by multiplane transesophageal echocardiography: interlaboratory comparative study.

@article{Schneider2007DiagnosisOL,
  title={Diagnosis of left atrial appendage thrombi by multiplane transesophageal echocardiography: interlaboratory comparative study.},
  author={Birke Schneider and Claudia Stoellberger and Barbara Schneider},
  journal={Circulation journal : official journal of the Japanese Circulation Society},
  year={2007},
  volume={71 1},
  pages={122-5}
}
BACKGROUND Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is regarded as the method of choice for imaging left atrial appendage thrombi (LAAT). However, the interobserver variability among 2 independent echocardiographic laboratories in diagnosing LAAT by multiplane TEE has not yet been assessed. METHODS AND RESULTS The videorecordings of 50 patients in atrial fibrillation (25 from each laboratory) were blindly reviewed by 1 experienced observer from each institution. LAAT were assessed as present… CONTINUE READING