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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 567-574

Transoesophageal Echocardiography Related Complications


1 Head, Divison of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia, Division of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia,Department of Anaesthesiology,Institute of Medical Sciences,Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi 221005, India
2 PDCC Student, Division of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia,Department of Anaesthesiology,Institute of Medical Sciences,Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi 221005, India

Correspondence Address:
S K Mathur
Department of Anaesthesiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 20640107

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The application of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE ) has been continuously increasing over past several decades. It is usually considered a very safe diagnostic and monitoring device. Though the complications are rare, but these complications must be known to the operators performing TEE. The goal of this article is to encapsulate the potential complications associated with TEE. The complications are primarily related to gastro intestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems along with some miscellaneous problems related to probe insertion, drugs and inexperience of the operator. Strategies for the prevention of these complications are also analyzed in order to avoid the risk.


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