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Getting best results from echocardiography in emergency situations. Indications include shock, infarction, heart failure, trauma, tamponade.
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PMID:  10148156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the ICU, both transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography can assist in the acute management of a number of different disorders. In hypotensive patients, echocardiography helps distinguish between cardiogenic shock (resulting from acute myocardial infarction), septic shock, and circulatory shock (associated with a reduction in circulating blood volume); it can also help determine whether pericardial effusion or obstruction to valvular flow is producing the hypotension and suggesting pulmonary embolus. Other roles for echocardiography include differentiating left- and right-sided heart failure, assessing the extent of pericardial disease, diagnosing disorders of the thoracic aorta, and evaluating traumatic heart disease.
P R Liebson; T H Karson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of critical illness     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1040-0257     ISO Abbreviation:  J Crit Illn     Publication Date:  1992 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-05-27     Completed Date:  1993-05-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608118     Medline TA:  J Crit Illn     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  698-710     Citation Subset:  T    
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Echocardiography* / instrumentation,  methods
Heart Diseases / complications,  ultrasonography*
Heart Injuries / ultrasonography*
Intensive Care Units
Shock / complications,  ultrasonography*

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