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Intraoperative echocardiography by a new miniaturized epicardial probe: preliminary findings.
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PMID:  10171975     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Miniaturized probes constitute recent progress in the field of epicardial echocardiography. We recently used a new miniaturized probe, derived from a standard transesophageal probe, in a series of 12 adult patients who underwent cardiac surgery in order to test the possibility of obtaining new views for epicardial imaging. This study demonstrates the feasibility and safety of performing intraoperative echocardiography when using a miniaturized epicardial probe. This probe may be placed on a broader epicardial and vascular area, thus overcoming the size limitations of the commonly used epicardial probes. The major limitation found with the miniaturized probe, however, was the inability to obtain a true four-chamber view from the ventricular apex, due to the difficulty of holding the probe motionless between the apex and the diaphragm while the heart is beating. Although extensive experience with larger groups of patients and different pathologies will be required to define the full potential of this new probe, the advent of the miniaturized probe may further expand the applicability of epicardial echocardiography in pediatric patients during surgery for congenital heart disease.
L Meloni; G M Aru; P A Abbruzzese; G Cardu; A Ricchi; V Martelli; A Cherchi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Echocardiography (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0742-2822     ISO Abbreviation:  Echocardiography     Publication Date:  1993 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-01-27     Completed Date:  1994-01-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511187     Medline TA:  Echocardiography     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  351-8     Citation Subset:  T    
Istituto di Cardiologia, Universitá degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Surgical Procedures / methods
Echocardiography / instrumentation*
Equipment Design
Heart Diseases / surgery,  ultrasonography
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Intraoperative

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