Aortic dissection: review of value and limitations of two-dimensional echocardiography in a six-year experience.

B. K. Khandheria, A. J. Tajik, C. L. Taylor, R. E. Safford, Fletcher A Jr. Miller, A. W. Stanson, L. J. Sinak, Jae Kuen Oh, J. B. Seward

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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 II, 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 : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1989


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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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