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Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2010, Article ID 750874, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2010/750874
Case Report

Accuracy of 3-Dimensional Transoesophageal Echocardiography in Assessment of Prosthetic Mitral Valve Dehiscence with Comparison to Anatomical Specimens

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Unit, The Prince Charles Hospital, Rode Road, Chermside, QLD 4032, Australia

Received 18 May 2010; Accepted 1 July 2010

Academic Editor: Gerald Maurer

Copyright © 2010 Martin R. Brown et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The evolution of echocardiography from 2-Dimensional Transthoracic Echo through to real time 3-Dimensional Transoesophageal Echo has enabled more accurate visualisation and quantification of valvular disorders especially prosthetic mitral valve paravalvular regurgitation. However, validation of accuracy is rarely confirmed by surgical or post-mortem specimens. We present a case directly comparing different echocardiographic modality images to post mortem specimens in a patient with prosthetic mitral valve paravalvular regurgitation.