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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 167-168

Acute severe aortic regurgitation: Imaging with pathological correlation

Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Sarver Heart Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Correspondence Address:
Rajesh Janardhanan
Banner-University Medical Center, South Sarver Heart Center, Box 245037, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson - 85724, Arizona
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.179137

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Context: Acute aortic regurgitation (AR) is an important finding associated with a wide variety of disease processes. Its timely diagnosis is of utmost importance. Delay in diagnosis could prove fatal. Case Report: We describe a case of acute severe AR that was timely diagnosed using real time three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiogram (3D TEE). Not only did it diagnose but also the images obtained by 3D TEE clearly matched with the pathologic specimen. Using this sophisticated imaging modality that is mostly available at the tertiary centers helped in the timely diagnosis, which lead to the optimal management saving his life. Conclusion: Echocardiography and especially 3D TEE can diagnose AR very accurately. Surgical intervention is the definitive treatment but medical therapy is utilized to stabilize the patient initially.

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