Mobile atheromatous plaque of the aortic arch diagnosed by transthoracic echocardiography prior to coronary artery bypass surgery. Which one would you choose: scepticism or wishful thinking?

A routine pre-operative chest X-ray of a patient admitted to our institution for an elective coronary artery bypass operation revealed a mildly dilated mediastinal silhouette, which led the cardiovascular surgery resident to schedule emergency transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), with a special note asking for detailed evaluation of the ascending aorta and… (More)