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Is TEE useful to assess lung density changes?
- Adrian Mellor1
© Biomed Central Ltd 2001
- Received: 5 July 2001
- Published: 4 December 2001
- Adult respiratory distress syndrome
Patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome are known to suffer from reduced oxygenation caused by the presence of pulmonary densities. Examination by computed tomography (CT) is currently the only way to detect these densities. In this study the authors evaluated the role of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to observe densities in the dependent left lung and to estimate the effect of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) on these densities. TEE is being increasingly used to assess haemodynamic status in intensive care patients. It is also being used to visualise intrathoracic structures, such as the descending aorta, and to view the left lung through the "acoustic window" of the aorta.
Of 30 men and 10 women with ARDS, as diagnosed by guidelines of the American-European Concensus Conference, 26 patients had densities in the left dependent lung and this was confirmed in 24 out of 26 TEE examinations. There was significant correlation between the areas of densities as measured by TEE and computed tomography (CT). PEEP, which was added in 8 patients, decreased the density area.
40 consecutive patients with ARDS, visualisation of the left lung by CT and TEE, PEEP administered in 10 patients.