Transesophageal echocardiographic features and management of retained intracardiac air in two patients after surgery. Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal
  • Embolism, Air
  • Heart Diseases
  • Postoperative Complications

abstract

  • Intracardiac residual air after open-heart surgery may carry a significant risk of embolization with associated morbidity and death. We hereby report two cases of retained intracardiac air detected in an unusual location with transesophageal echocardiography in the superior aspect of the left atrium after completion of standard air-evacuation procedures. Characteristic echocardiographic features and the impact on immediate management are described along with a review of the literature.

publication date

  • March 1996

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 8849614

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 182

end page

  • 6

volume

  • 9

number

  • 2