Results of percutaneous mitral commissurotomy in patients with a left atrial appendage thrombus detected by transesophageal echocardiography.


To evaluate whether the presence of a left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus increases the embolic risk of percutaneous mitral commissurotomy (PMC), we reviewed 240 transesophageal echocardiographic studies performed before intended PMC for mitral stenosis. We found 14 patients (5.8%) with left atrial clots, 12 located in the LAA (none detected by… (More)


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