Revista Colombiana de Cardiología
Print version ISSN 0120-5633
LUENGAS, Carlos A. Utility of transesophageal echocardiography in the interventionist management of heart pathologies. Rev. Col. Cardiol. [online]. 2006, vol.13, n.2, pp. 97-101. ISSN 0120-5633.
Transesophageal echocardiography has had an important development in the last years, allowing its wide use, and a better definition of the structure and functionality of the heart and great vessels. In this article we make a short description of this diagnostic method in the interventionist management of pathologies such as mitral stenosis, atrial septal defect and aortic dissection in the Colombian Cardiovascular Foundation during the last years. Surgery is not the method to use in some of them now, so that morbidity, intrahospital stay and incapacity are considerably reduced.
Keywords : transesophageal echocardiography; mitral stenosis; percutaneous valvulotomy with balloon; atrial septal defect; Amplatzer; aortic dissection; intra-aortic stent.