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Transesophageal Echocardiography for the Noncardiac Surgical Patient

Rebel, Annette ; Klimkina, Oksana ; Hassan, Zaki-Udin

International surgery, 2012-01, Vol.97 (1), p.43-55 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Transesophageal Echocardiography for the Noncardiac Surgical Patient
  • Author: Rebel, Annette ; Klimkina, Oksana ; Hassan, Zaki-Udin
  • Subjects: Perioperative risk ; Transesophageal echocardiography ; Noncardiac surgery ; TEE ; Perioperative monitoring ; Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Is Part Of: International surgery, 2012-01, Vol.97 (1), p.43-55
  • Description: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has been established as a very valuable asset for patient monitoring during cardiac surgery. The value of perioperative TEE for patients undergoing noncardiac surgery is less clear. This article reviews the technical aspects of TEE and comments on the potential benefit of using TEE as a monitoring modality apart from cardiac surgery. Based on patient's comorbidities and/or injury pattern, TEE is a fast and minimally invasive approach to obtain important hemodynamic information, especially useful in a hemodynamically unstable patient. However, certain requirements for the use of the technique are necessary, most important the development of sufficient echocardiographic skills by the anesthesiologists. Indications, skill requirements, and possible complications of the technique are reviewed.
  • Publisher: 1516 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610 USA: International College of Surgeons
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0020-8868
    EISSN: 2520-2456
    DOI: 10.9738/CC61.1
    PMID: 23102000

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