Postoperative left ventricular thrombosis and transthoracic echocardiography: is it enough?

Cristina Barreiro Pardal1*, Sergio Raposeiras-Roubín2, María de los Ángeles Carro Roibal1 and José Ramón González-Juanatey2

Author Affiliations

1 Department Anaesthesiology, Montecelo Hospital, Pontevedra, 36071 Spain

2 Department of Cardiology, Clinical Hospital, Santiago de Compostela, 15000 Spain

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Critical Care 2011, 15:431  doi:10.1186/cc10239

See related research by Saranteas et al., http://ccforum.com/content/15/1/R54 and see related letter by Platts and Fraser, http://ccforum.com/content/15/2/417

Published: 7 June 2011

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We read in detail the recent study of Saranteas and colleagues in a recent issue of Critical Care [1]. These authors emphasize the value of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for the diagnosis of intraventricular thrombosis in the postoperative period, especially in patients with dilated or ischemic cardiomyopathy.