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Usefulness of cardiac computed tomographic delayed contrast enhancement of the left atrial appendage before pulmonary vein ablation.
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PMID:  22364703     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Left atrial appendage (LAA) contrast filling defects are commonly found in patients undergoing multidetector cardiac computed tomography (CCT) before catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Delayed CCT allows quantification of the LAA delayed/initial attenuation ratio and improves accuracy for LAA thrombus detection, which may obviate routine transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) before ablation. CCT with contrast-enhanced scans (initial CCT) and with noncontrast-enhanced scans (delayed CCT) was performed in 176 patients. LAA was evaluated for filling defects. LAA apex, left atrial (LA) body, and ascending aorta (AA) attenuations (Hounsfield units) were measured on initial and delayed cardiac computed tomograms to calculate LAA, LA, LAA/LA, and LAA/AA attenuation ratios. LAA, initial LAA/LA, and initial LAA/AA attenuation ratios differed significantly in patients with versus without filling defects on cardiac computed tomogram, those with atrial fibrillation versus normal sinus rhythm, and those with abnormal left ventricular ejection fraction versus larger LA volumes (p <0.05). In 70 patients (40%) who underwent TEE, 13 LAA filling defects were seen on initial cardiac computed tomogram. Two defects persisted on delayed cardiac computed tomogram and thrombus was confirmed on transesophageal echocardiogram. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of initial CCT for LAA thrombi detection were 100%, 84%, 15%, and 100%, respectively. With delayed CCT these values increased to 100%. Intraobserver and interobserver reproducibilities for cardiac computed tomographic measurements were good (intraclass correlation 0.72 to 0.97, kappa coefficients 0.93 to 1.00). In conclusion, delayed CCT provided an increase in diagnostic accuracy of CCT for detection of LAA thrombus in patients with atrial fibrillation before ablation, which may decrease the need for routine TEE before the procedure.
Simonette T Sawit; Ana Garcia-Alvarez; Bhavna Suri; Juan Gaztanaga; Leticia Fernandez-Friera; Jesus G Mirelis; Michael D'Anca; Valentin Fuster; Javier Sanz; Mario J Garcia
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  109     ISSN:  1879-1913     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  677-84     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York.
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