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Second Congress of Cardiology and Angiology of Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

SIGNIFICANCE OF TRANSOESOPHAGEAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN DETECTING THROMBOTIC MASSES IN THE LEFT ATRIUM AND LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE
Z. Kušljugić, M. Merić, E. Kabil and I. Terzić
Internal Clinic, Department of Cardiology, Clinic of Cardiovascular Diseases, University Clinical Center Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Due to the fact that TEE is able to visualise the left atrium (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) with high diagnostic accuracy in nearly all patients, many medical centres, including ours, use TEE for detection of thrombotic masses in LA and LAA. Material and methods: We detected an increase of the LA over 4,5 cm, without thrombotic masses, in 20 patients, using the TTE. 12 patients had atrial fibrillation and cardioversion was recommended respectively. 5 patients had mitral stenosis and three of them had mitral regurgitation. In all patients, TEE was performed after the TTE, using the multiplane transducer "Hewlett Packard". Thrombotic masses were detected in 13 patients, which indicates rather high sensitivity of the TEE in relation to the TTE.
Keywords: Transoesophageal echocardiography, thrombotic masses.

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