Transesophageal color Doppler three-dimensional echocardiographic detection of prosthetic aortic valve dehiscence: correlation with surgical findings.

Abstract

Three-dimensional echocardiography is being used with increasing frequency to evaluate cardiac function and structure. We present two cases of prosthetic aortic valve endocarditis where three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography correlated with the intraoperative surgical findings of prosthetic dehiscence and communication with an abscess cavity. When compared with two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography, three-dimensional echocardiography was more accurate in defining the exact site of dehiscence and communication with an abscess cavity. The echocardiographic images were oriented as a clockface watch to conform to the surgeon's visualization of the aortic root as viewed from the right side of the patient.

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@article{Mukhtari2001TransesophagealCD, title={Transesophageal color Doppler three-dimensional echocardiographic detection of prosthetic aortic valve dehiscence: correlation with surgical findings.}, author={O Mukhtari and Carl J Horton and Navin C. Nanda and Srinivasa R Aaluri and Albert D. Pacifico}, journal={Echocardiography}, year={2001}, volume={18 5}, pages={393-7} }