Transesophageal echocardiography evaluation and follow-up of left main coronary artery patch angioplasty

Sharoni, Erez; Erez, Eldad; Shapira, Yaron; Vidne, Bernardo A.; Sagie, Alexander
April 2003
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p585
Academic Journal
Objective: Isolated ostial stenosis of the left main coronary artery is a rare but serious condition. The treatment is surgical with two options: coronary artery bypass grafting or surgical angioplasty of the left main coronary artery. Assessing surgical results as well as follow-up were traditionally done by angiography. Methods: We describe the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for evaluating and follow the surgical left main coronary artery (LMCA) angioplasty results in eight patients with isolated ostial left main stenosis. Results: All patients were alive and free of ischemic events 8 months to 7 years post-surgery. TEE demonstrated a widely opened left main coronary artery with a good flow. Conclusions: Surgical angioplasty is an alternative option for treating ostial LMCA stenosis. TEE is an additional excellent non-invasive technique for assessing left main anatomy pre- and postoperatively, as well as being on of the quality control tools for evaluating new surgical techniques.


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