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Contrast echocardiography for right-sided heart conditions: case reports and literature review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18427650     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Contrast echocardiography is recognized to be a safe, effective technique for evaluating the endocardial border and left ventricular function in patients who have suboptimal non-contrast echocardiograms. However, its use in diagnosing right-heart conditions is less well established. Herein, we report our experience with the use of contrast echocardiography for diagnosing 3 distinct right-sided heart conditions (hypokinesis of the right ventricular free wall, severe tricuspid regurgitation, and cardiac tamponade) in patients who had suboptimal echocardiograms. Further studies should be done to validate the use of contrast echocardiography for diagnosing right-heart conditions.
Harvinder Arora; Salim S Virani; Leo Simpson; Raymond F Stainback
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0730-2347     ISO Abbreviation:  Tex Heart Inst J     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-22     Completed Date:  2008-07-03     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214622     Medline TA:  Tex Heart Inst J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  38-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Tamponade / ultrasonography*
Echocardiography, Doppler, Color
Fluorocarbons / diagnostic use
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Embolism / complications,  diagnosis
Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency / ultrasonography*
Venous Thrombosis / ultrasonography
Ventricular Dysfunction, Right / etiology,  ultrasonography*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Definity; 0/Fluorocarbons

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