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Diagnostic Accuracy of Transthoracic and Multiplane Transesophageal Echocardiography for Valvular Perforation in Acute Infective Endocarditis: Correlation with Anatomic Findings

Stefano De Castro, Domenico Cartoni, Giulia d'Amati, Sergio Beni, Jiefen Yao, Marco Fiorelli, Pietro Gallo, Francesco Fedele and Natesa G. Pandian

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 30, issue 5, pages 825-826
Published in print May 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313762
Diagnostic Accuracy of Transthoracic and Multiplane Transesophageal Echocardiography for Valvular Perforation in Acute Infective Endocarditis: Correlation with Anatomic Findings

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We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of transthoracic and multiplane transesophageal echocardiography (TTE and TEE, respectively) for assessing valvular perforation during active infective endocarditis by correlating the results of TTE and TEE with anatomic findings of 88 valves examined at surgery or autopsy. Compared with TEE, TTE has a low diagnostic sensitivity in the detection of this complication and, in the presence of hemodynamic instability, multiplane TEE should be performed directly.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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