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Comparison of Cardiac Computed Tomography With Transesophageal Echocardiography for Identifying Vegetation and Intracardiac Complications in Patients With Infective Endocarditis in the Era of 3-Dimensional Images

 In-Cheol Kim  ;  Suyon Chang  ;  Geu-Ru Hong  ;  Seung Hyun Lee  ;  Sak Lee  ;  Jong-Won Ha  ;  Byung-Chul Chang  ;  Young Jin Kim  ;  Chi Young Shim 
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echocardiography ; endocarditis ; humans ; three-dimensional imaging
BACKGROUND: Recent evolution of cardiac computed tomography (CT) provides useful information about valvular and perivalvular structures. We compared the diagnostic performance of CT and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) with applications of 3-dimensional reconstruction in detecting vegetation and intracardiac complications in patients with infective endocarditis (IE). METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-five patients (53 men; age, 58+/-15 years) with definite IE who underwent TEE and CT with 3-dimensional reconstruction within 3 days were analyzed. The diagnostic performances of the 2 modalities for vegetation and IE-related intracardiac complications (valve perforation, valve aneurysm, perivalvular abscess, pseudoaneurysm, fistula, and prosthetic valve dehiscence) were compared. The detection rate of vegetation in TEE and CT was 97.3% and 72.0%, respectively. The maximum sizes of vegetation identified by TEE and CT were well correlated (r=0.593; P<0.001), especially in patients with large vegetation (>/=10 mm), suggestive of a high risk of systemic embolism (r=0.608; P<0.001). However, small vegetation (<10 mm) was underdiagnosed by CT (52.8%) compared with TEE (94.4%), and the sizes of the 2 modalities were poorly correlated (r=0.187; P=0.445). Both modalities showed fair diagnostic performance for detecting IE-related intracardiac complications with excellent agreement. TEE was more useful for diagnosing valve perforation and intracardiac fistula, whereas CT was better for diagnosing perivalvular abscess. CONCLUSIONS: Cardiac CT shows a comparable diagnostic performance with TEE for large vegetation and several IE-related complications. TEE is better for detecting small vegetation, valve perforation, and intracardiac fistula, whereas CT is more useful for detecting perivalvular abscess and coronary artery disease.
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Kim, Young Jin(김영진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6235-6550
Kim, In Cheol(김인철)
Shim, Chi Young(심지영) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6136-0136
Lee, Sak(이삭) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6130-2342
Lee, Seung Hyun(이승현) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0311-6565
Chang, Byung Chul(장병철)
Chang, Su Yon(장수연)
Ha, Jong Won(하종원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8260-2958
Hong, Geu Ru(홍그루) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4981-3304
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