The feasibility of tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion performed by transesophageal echocardiography throughout heart surgery and its interchangeability with transthoracic echocardiography

  • A. Korshin
  • L. Grønlykke
  • J. C. Nilsson
  • H. Møller-Sørensen
  • N. Ihlemann
  • M. Kjøller
  • S. Damgaard
  • P. Lehnert
  • C. Hassager
  • J. Kjaergaard
  • H. B. Ravn
Original Paper


Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) is a robust measure of RV function, but the performance of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) measured TAPSE during surgery is not well established. We aim to evaluate feasibility of various TEE views before, during and after surgery. Furthermore, we compare performance of individual TEE measurements depending on view and method (AMM- and M-mode as well as 2D) as well as TAPSE measured using TEE with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) TAPSE. The study was conducted from January 2015 through September 2016. In 47 patients with normal left ventricular ejection fraction, TEE was prospectively performed during coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. TAPSE and tricuspid annulus tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) were recorded in five different views at pre-specified time points during surgery. Data were analyzed for availability (obtainable/readable images) and reliability (intra-/inter-observer bias and precision). Finally, TEE TAPSE was compared to TTE TAPSE immediately before and after surgery. TAPSE and TDI with TEE was achievable in > 90% of patients in the transgastric view during surgery. The AM- and M-mode had the best reliability and the best correlation with TAPSE measured with TTE. The deep transgastric view was achievable in less than 50% after sternotomy, and TAPSE measured from 2D had a poorer performance compared to the AM- and M-mode. TDI demonstrated a high reliability throughout surgery. RV function can be evaluated by TAPSE and TDI using TEE during surgery. TEE values from the transgastric view demonstrated high performance throughout surgery and a good agreement with TTE TAPSE measurements.


Echocardiography Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion Transesophageal Echocardiography Cardiac surgery Right ventricular failure Sternotomy Perioperative 


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Conflict of interest

None of the authors have any conflict of interest to declare.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. All data handling was performed in accordance with Danish law and was approved by the Danish Data Protection Agency (journal # 2012-58-0004 RH-2017-78, I-Suite #: 05350) and the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

Informed consent

The Danish Capital Region Regional Ethics Committee waived the need for informed consent because participation in the study was considered non-jurisdictional because the study qualified as quality assurance (protocol# H-4-2014-FSP).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Korshin
    • 1
  • L. Grønlykke
    • 1
  • J. C. Nilsson
    • 1
  • H. Møller-Sørensen
    • 1
  • N. Ihlemann
    • 2
  • M. Kjøller
    • 3
  • S. Damgaard
    • 3
  • P. Lehnert
    • 3
  • C. Hassager
    • 2
  • J. Kjaergaard
    • 2
  • H. B. Ravn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Heart CentreRigshospitaletCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Cardiology, The Heart CentreRigshospitaletCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Thoracic Surgery, The Heart CentreRigshospitaletCopenhagenDenmark

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