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- Received May 7, 1985
- Revision received August 20, 1985
- Accepted September 6, 1985
- Published online January 1, 1986.
- Wolfgang Aschenberg, MDa,
- Michael Schlüter, PhD,
- Peter Kremer, MD,
- Erwin Schröder, MD,
- Volker Siglow and
- Walter Bleifeld, MD, FACC
- ↵aAddress for reprints: Wolfgang Aschenberg, MD, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, D-2000 Hamburg 20, West Germany.
Thrombi located in the left atrial appendage are frequently not detected with conventional two-dimensional echocardiography. The transesophageal echocardiographic approach readily visualizes left atrial morphology and may be used as an alternative. In 6 of 21 patients with mitral valve stenosis, a left atrial appendage thrombus was diagnosed by transesophageal two-dimensional echocardiography when transthoracic echocardiography had failed. The transesophageal echocardiographic findings were confirmed at surgery for mitral valve replacement in all cases.
- Received May 7, 1985.
- Revision received August 20, 1985.
- Accepted September 6, 1985.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation