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Atrial assessment 

Atrial assessment
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Atrial assessment
Author(s):

Paul Diprose

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198749080.003.0009
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date: 19 January 2022

This chapter will describe the important anatomical features of both atria and how these can be identified using two-dimensional echo. It will explain how to recognize atrial dilatation and how to make inferences about atrial pressure from the position of the atrial septum. It will discuss atrial masses, including thrombus and tumour, and other more commonly seen structures that may be misinterpreted as such. The advanced section will introduce atrial volume assessment, as well as how colour Doppler and bubble contrast can be used to recognize midline septal defects.

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