Accuracy of trans-thoracic echocardiography as a pericardial diseases diagnostic tool

Authors

  • Ekpe E.E
  • Anyanwu C. H.

Abstract

Summary
A prospective comparison of pre-operative trans-thoracic echocardiographic findings with intra-operative findings of 17 patients operated on for pericardial diseases showed excellent correlation for pericardial calcification and adhesion, and for myo-cardial atrophy, and good correlation for pericardial thickening, constriction and effusion respectively. This excellent correlation identified high-risk cases that should have heart-lung machine kept on the stand-by during operation of peri-cardiectomy in event of iatrogenic cardiac chamber laceration.

Keywords
Pre-operative transthoracic echocardiography, pericarditis, correlation.

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Published

01-08-2006

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