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Edited By: Navin C. Nanda

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 88/123 (Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems)

Online ISSN: 1540-8175

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  1. Multimodality Imaging Diagnostic Approach of Systemic-to-Pulmonary Vein Fistulae

    Soraya El Ghannudi, Philippe Germain, Mi-Young Jeung, Christine Jahn, Sandrine Hirschi and Catherine Roy

    Article first published online: 24 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/echo.13116


    A 26-year-old man with a history of bilateral lung transplantation for pulmonary cystic fibrosis 6 months before was admitted in our institution for acute heart failure. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) showed an increased aortic output, as aortic flow assessed by velocity mapping was twofold the pulmonary flow, an occluded superior vena cava (SVC), and enlarged azygos vein. A systemic-to-pulmonary vein fistula (SAPVF) was suspected. The selective angiography showed numerous fistulae between intercostals, thyro-cervical, internal mammary arteries and pulmonary veins. The thoracic CT performed before the CMR, which was initially considered as normal, showed well these arteriovenous fistulae after 3D MIP reconstruction.

  2. Coronary Flow Reserve Predicts Longitudinal Myocardial Deformation Capacity in Heart-Transplanted Patients

    Tor Skibsted Clemmensen, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Hans Eiskjær and Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen

    Article first published online: 24 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/echo.13123

  3. Extrinsic Esophageal Compression by Cervical Osteophytes in Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis: A Contraindication to Transesophageal Echocardiography?

    Kevin Chang, Maya Barghash, Robert Donnino, Robin S. Freedberg, Mari Hagiwara, Genevieve Bennett, Ricardo Benenstein and Muhamed Saric

    Article first published online: 24 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/echo.13115


    We report a case of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in an elderly man in whom extrinsic esophageal compression by cervical osteophytes prevented performance of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Compression of the esophagus by vertebral osteophytes is not listed in the current American Society of Echocardiography guidelines as a contraindication to TEE. The incidence of esophageal perforation in patients with DISH and vertebral osteophytes is not well documented. We believe these patients are at increased risk of esophageal perforation during TEE, and thus, TEE may be relatively contraindicated in patients with DISH.