Improved Doppler echocardiographic assessment of the left atrial appendage by peripheral vein injection of sonicated albumin microbubbles.


We evaluated the usefulness of peripherally injected sonicated albumin microbubbles in transesophageal echo-Doppler cardiographic assessment of the left atrial appendage in 19 patients (age 61 +/- 19 [range 21 to 86] years; 12 [63%] women). Multiplane transesophageal echocardiography was performed before and after intravenous injection of sonicated albumin… (More)


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