Distal oesophageal stricture after transoesophageal echocardiography in a cardiac surgical patient

Ji Yeon Kim, Choon Hak Lim, Won Hyuk Go, Ki Hwa Lee, Jung Won Kim

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    Transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is an important tool for diagnosis and monitoring during anaesthesia in cardiac operation. TEE is generally considered a safe and minimally invasive technique. However, adverse events may occur during probe insertion or manipulation. We report a case of delayed distal oesophageal stricture with an associated scarring probably due to TEE during a cardiac operation. The patient, a 75-year-old female, underwent coronary artery bypass graft, mitral valve replacement, and tricuspid valve annuloplasty. Seven days after surgery, the patient complained of dysphagia without haemoptysis and drop of haematocrit. At 24 days after surgery, severe stricture of distal oesophagus with scarring was observed by oesophagography and stent insertion was done.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)889-891
    Number of pages3
    JournalEuropean Journal of Echocardiography
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec


    • Cardiac operation
    • Distal oesophageal stricture
    • Dysphagia
    • Transoesophageal echocardiography

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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