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Adult congenital heart disease

G.P. Diller, A. Kempny and H. Baumgartner

in The EAE Textbook of Echocardiography

Published on behalf of © European Society of Cardiology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599639
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199602209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199599639.003.0024
Adult             congenital heart disease

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The heterogeneity of adult congenital heart disease requires a thorough understanding of cardiac anatomy as well as common surgical and interventional techniques. Echocardiographic studies should be comprehensive and performed in a structured fashion, to avoid missing important anatomical or functional information. The majority of clinical questions can be answered based on the results of echocardiographic studies, but the echocardiographer should be aware of the inherent limitations of the technique and additional image modalities such as cardiac magnetic resonance and computed tomography should be used when appropriate. Assessment of pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance may be essential and still requires cardiac catheterization.

Chapter.  15561 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Radiology

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