A case report on epicardial ultrasonography of coronary anastomoses using a stabilizing device without the use of ultrasound gel

Jan Jesper Andreasen*, Dorte Nøhr, Alex Skovsbo Jørgensen

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Abstract

Background: Intraoperative epicardial ultrasonography of coronary artery bypass graft anastomoses is a procedure used for anatomical quality assessment of peripheral anastomoses during coronary artery bypass grafting. However, it may be difficult to keep the ultrasound transducer in steady contact with the anastomoses on the beating heart without causing any deformation. Furthermore, we are not aware of any sterile ultrasound gel approved for application into the pericardial space. Case presentation: We report a method using a stabilizing connecting device for an ultrasound transducer to be used for visualization of coronary anastomoses without application of ultrasound gel during on-pump coronary bypass surgery. Conclusion: Use of a stabilizing device and coagulated blood from the patient as an alternative for ultrasound gel facilitates peroperative ultrasonography of coronary anastomoses. The procedure provides surgeons with non-deformed echocardiographic longitudinal and transverse images of all parts of the anastomoses. Trial registration: The patient participated in a still ongoing clinical feasibility study: Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT02919124; Registered September 29, 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Article number59
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Volume14
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)59
ISSN1749-8090
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Coronary anastomosis
  • Epicardial ultrasonography; coronary bypass surgery
  • Quality assessment
  • Gels
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Coronary Artery Disease/diagnostic imaging
  • Pericardium/diagnostic imaging
  • Intraoperative Care
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Anastomosis, Surgical
  • Coronary Vessels/diagnostic imaging
  • Echocardiography/instrumentation

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