The safety of contrast echocardiography: Report of the committee on contrast echocardiography for the American Society of Echocardiography

William J Bommer, Pravin M. Shah, Hugh Allen, Richard Meltzer, Joseph Kisslo

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Abstract

The results of a survey of 363 physicians performing echocardiography were evaluated to assess the relative safety of contrast echocardiography. Fifteen physicians reported a variety of transient side effects, including neurologic and respiratory symptoms. Although contrast echocardiography appeared to carry some risk for side effects, that risk was low (0.062%) and no residual side effects or complications were observed. In view of the significant benefits reported for contrast echocardiography, it appears to remain a valuable technique that is safer than currently available alternative diagnostic modalities. However, during contrast echocardiography, precautions should be taken to prevent the injection of visible amounts of air, especially in patients with a right to left shunt or arterial catheters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-13
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Echocardiography
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Physicians
Neurologic Manifestations
Catheters
Air
Injections

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The safety of contrast echocardiography : Report of the committee on contrast echocardiography for the American Society of Echocardiography. / Bommer, William J; Shah, Pravin M.; Allen, Hugh; Meltzer, Richard; Kisslo, Joseph.

In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1984, p. 6-13.

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