Diagnostic accuracy of transesophageal echocardiography for detecting left atrial thrombi in patients with rheumatic heart disease having undergone mitral valve operations.

@article{Hwang1993DiagnosticAO,
  title={Diagnostic accuracy of transesophageal echocardiography for detecting left atrial thrombi in patients with rheumatic heart disease having undergone mitral valve operations.},
  author={Jimmy J. Hwang and John J. C. Chen and Shengxun Lin and Yung Zu Tseng and Peiliang Kuan and Wei-jen Lien and Fay Y. Lin and Sung-chi Chu and Chi Ren Hung and Sarah How},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  year={1993},
  volume={72 9},
  pages={
          677-81
        }
}
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has emerged as an efficient method for detecting left atrial (LA) thrombi in recent years, but its accuracy has not been fully evaluated. A prospective clinicopathologic study in 213 consecutive patients with chronic rheumatic mitral valve disease over a period of 39 months was undertaken. All patients underwent open heart surgery within 3 days after the TEE study. The presence or absence of LA thrombi was confirmed at surgery by direct inspection of the… CONTINUE READING

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