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Percutaneous fiber optic angioscopy of the left ventricle in patients with rheumatic valvular disease
Author(s): Junichi Hirose M.D.; Tomomitsu Oshima; Yoshiharu Fujimori M.D.; Yasumi Uchida M.D.
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in fiberoptic technology enabled us to observe percutaneously the cardiac chambers and valves. We examined left ventricular luminal and valvular changes by percutaneous fiberoptic angioscopy in patients with rheumatic valvular disease. Six patients with echocardiographic rheumatic changes in the mitral valves, underwent angioscopy during routine cardiac catheterization. The fiberscope 4.2 F in diameter, and the guiding catheter 9 F in external diameter with an inflatable balloon around the distal most tip were used for angioscopy. The left ventricular endocardial surface was diffusely white in color or white and brown in mosaic fashion. Echocardiography and angiography had low sensitivity for detecting the changes of the left ventricular luminal surface. Whitish changes which were observed by angioscopy were not related to the indices derived from echocardiography and angiography. The results indicate the possibility of percutaneous angioscopy in detecting left ventricular luminal changes in patients with rheumatic valvular disease.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1993
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 1893, Optical Fibers in Medicine VIII, (28 May 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.146344
Show Author Affiliations
Junichi Hirose M.D., Funabashi-Futawa Hospital (Japan)
Tomomitsu Oshima, Funabashi-Futawa Hospital (Japan)
Yoshiharu Fujimori M.D., Funabashi-Futawa Hospital (Japan)
Yasumi Uchida M.D., Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1893:
Optical Fibers in Medicine VIII
Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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