Contrast Echocardiography in Acute Chest Pain (Case Report

Christopher McCabe, Girish Dwivedi, R Senior

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A 45-year-old man presented with atypical central chest pain and ST-T changes on electrocardiogram. Repeated arterial blood gas examinations were unremarkable and portable echocardiography demonstrated mildly dilated right atrium and ventricle. Initial treatment for acute coronary syndrome was initiated, as there was evidence of myocardial necrosis on blood examination. However, use of contrast agent enabled visualization of saddle embolus in the pulmonary artery on 2-dimensional echocardiography, which was later confirmed on computed tomographic pulmonary angiography. The patient subsequently made an uneventful recovery. Use of contrast agents in accident and emergency as a bedside tool can be very useful in patients with atypical presentation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1220
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007


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