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Ann Card Anaesth. 2011 May-Aug;14(2):91-6. doi: 10.4103/0971-9784.81562.

Real-time three-dimensional echocardiographic assessment of mitral valve: Is it really superior to 2D transesophageal echocardiography?

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine II, Heart Center Leipzig, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.


Aim of our study was to investigate the feasibility of use and possible additional value of real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiography (RT-3D-TEE) compared to conventional 2D-TEE in patients undergoing elective mitral valve repair. After ethical committee approval, patients were included in this prospective study. After induction of anesthesia, a comprehensive 2D-TEE examination was performed, followed with RT-3D-TEE. The intraoperative surgical finding was used as the gold standard for segmental analysis. Only such segments which were surgically corrected either by resection or insertion of artificial chords were judged pathologic. A total of 50 patients were included in this study; usable data were available from 42 of these patients . Based on the Carpentier classification, the pathology found was type I in 2 (5%) patients, type II in 39 (93%) patients and type IIIb in 1 (2%) patient. We found that 3D imaging of complex mitral disease involving multiple segments, when compared to 2D-TEE did not show any statistically significant difference.RT-3D-TEE did not show any major advantage when compared to conventional 2D-TEE for assessing mitral valve pathology, although further study in a larger population is required to establish the validity of this study.

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