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Peri-Operative Applications of Transesophageal Echocardiography

  • C. A. Visser
  • O. Kamp
Conference paper
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1997)

Abstract

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) provides a rather new view of the heart. It is one of the latest advances in ultrasound technology with improved capabilities for the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Originally, this technique has been developed to image patients in whom transthoracic echocardiograms (EKG) were technically difficult to obtain. TEE has become more and more a routine procedure in the diagnostic field of cardiology. Various structures of the heart are better visualized with TEE than with the traditional transcutaneous approach. Specific conditions and applications include its use in evaluating patients with endocarditis, cardiac emboli and prosthetic valves, especially in the mitral position. New fields of interest are evaluation of the ascending and descending thoracic aorta, and guidance during interventional procedures such as mitral balloon valvuloplasty. No doubt that with smaller probes, congenital heart disease in children is often better evaluated.

Keywords

Congenital Heart Disease Mitral Regurgitation Left Atrial Transesophageal Echocardiography Residual Shunting 
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