Usefulness of transesophageal echocardiography in evaluation of paracardiac neoplastic masses

Chiara Lestuzzi, Gian Luigi Nicolosi, Renata Mimo, Daniela Pavan, Domenico Zanuttini

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Abstract

Mediastinal paracardiac tumors may cause both cardiovascular complications and problems in differential diagnosis of cardiac diseases. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) may give an additional new window to mediastinal neoplasms, but only a few studies have been reported. TEE was performed in 70 patients with paracardiac neoplastic masses. The procedure was indicated to solve particular clinical problems in 20 patients, and as a prospective study on 50 unselected patients with mediastinal neoplasms. Twenty-three patients underwent follow-up studies; a total of 101 echocardlograms were recorded. The procedure was tolerated well or very well by most patients, and provided additional anatomic or hemodynamic data in every patient in group a and in 45 of 50 in group b. The additional data were relevant for clinical management in 14 of 20 patients in group a, and in 3 of 45 in group b. Based on the results of this study, TEE is useful in association with other radiologic techniques in patients with paracardiac neoplasms. As an imaging technique, it may represent a reliable alternative to computed tomography whenever the latter is not feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-251
Number of pages5
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Volume70
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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