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Fatal Pulmonary Embolization of a Right Atrial Mass During Transesophageal Echocardiography

Authors
Journal
Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
0894-7317
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0894-7317(98)70110-5
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Transesophageal echocardiography is a semi-invasive diagnostic technique with a very low incidence of significant complications. Only two deaths related to the procedure have been reported in the literature. We present the case of a 46-year-old man with a right atrial mass, presumably a cardiac myxoma. During attempts at esophageal intubation for a transesophageal echocardiography procedure, the mass fragmented and dislodged, causing massive pulmonary embolism and death. We believe that to avoid this potential complication, great care must be taken in the evaluation of patients with a right intracardiac mass by means of transesophageal echocardiography. (J Am Soc Echocardiogr 1998;11:397-8.)

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