Aortic Dissection: Review of Value and Limitations of Two-Dimensional Echocardiography in a Six-Year Experience

Bijoy K. Khandheria, A. Jamil Tajik, Catherine L. Taylor, Robert E. Safford, Fletcher A. Miller, Anthony W. Stanson, Lawrence J. Sinak, Jae K. Oh, James B. Seward

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Abstract

The utility of transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiography in patients with aortic dissection was assessed by retrospective analysis in 67 patients: 31 patients with DeBakey type I, 21 patients with type 11, 10 patients with type III, and five patients with false-positive diagnoses. Aortic dissection was correctly identified by two-dimensional echocardiography in 49 patients; 13 had false-negative diagnoses. Therefore the sensitivity was 79%, and the positive predictive accuracy was 91%. Transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiography is a reasonable screening technique for diagnosis of aortic dissection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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