Superior vena caval thrombosis detected by transesophageal echocardiography.
Three patients with clinical suspicion of bacterial endocarditis, induced by either pacemaker or indwelling catheter, underwent transesophageal echocardiography. High short-axis cuts through the great vessels, however, revealed the presence of superior vena caval thrombus in all three patients. Transesophageal echocardiography is more sensitive in establishing the diagnosis of superior vena caval thrombus than surface echocardiography. Comparison of transesophageal echocardiography with other diagnostic modalities is needed in assessing its overall sensitivity and specificity.
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Podolsky, L. A., Manginas, A., Jacobs, L. E., Kotler, M. N., & Ioli, A. W. (1991). Superior vena caval thrombosis detected by transesophageal echocardiography. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography, 4(2), 189–193. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0894-7317(14)80531-2
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine, Cardiology Division