Echocardiographic mimicker of thrombus on a mechanical aortic valve prosthesis due to cavitation: A paradoxical phenomenon of pressure recovery

Zhenzhen Wang, Chadi Ayoub, Jeremy J. Thaden, Said Alsidawi, Fletcher A. Miller, Lawrence J. Sinak, Charanjit S. Rihal, Rowlens M. Melduni

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Abstract

We describe a case of a mass-like echocardiographic density on a mechanical prosthetic aortic valve. We initially suspected a thrombus vs vegetation on transthoracic echocardiography, but after transesophageal echocardiography, the density was subsequently determined to be cavitation by reviewing the initial images in slow motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1397-1400
Number of pages4
JournalEchocardiography
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019

Keywords

  • aortic valve prosthesis
  • cavitation
  • mass
  • microbubbles
  • thrombus
  • vegetations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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