TRANSESOPHAGEAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN THE EVALUATION OF A TRANSMEDIASTINAL GUNSHOT WOUND: CASE REPORT

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Abstract

Transesophageal echocardiography is a safe, minimally invasive imaging modality that may be useful in the evaluation of transmediastinal gunshot wounds. In this report, we describe a hemodynamically stable patient who sustained a gunshot wound to the ascending aorta. Routine diagnostic evaluation, including aortography, failed to confirm the suspected diagnosis. Transesophageal echocardiography definitively detailed the injury to the aorta enabling definitive surgical repair.

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