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[Transesophageal echocardiography in critically ill patients--techniques, indications and possibilities].

Research paper by Egbert E Hüttemann, Clemens-Alexander CA Greim

Indexed on: 02 Aug '08Published on: 02 Aug '08Published in: Anasthesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie : AINS



Abstract

TEE is one of the most versatile modalities for diagnosing and guiding treatment of critically ill patients due to its ease of use at patient bedside, the high quality imaging, the rapid availability of diagnostic information and its low complication rate (2.6%). Numerous studies habe shown a significant diagnostic (67%) and therapeutic (36%) impact on patient management in critically ill patients, particularly in cardiological and cardiosurgical populations.