Transesophageal echocardiography in atrial fibrillation

Teerapat Yingchoncharoen, Saurabh Jha, Luke J. Burchill, Allan L. Klein

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Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) plays an important role in atrial fibrillation (AF), mainly to detect the presence of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus. It is useful in direct current cardioversion (DCC) guidance and for AF ablation and LAA occlusion. With the increasing number of patients affected by AF, the use of TEE will grow and become an important screening modality for LAA thrombus. Future direction includes broader multi-institutional use; further tools to risk stratify patients; and the use of a new spectrum of oral anticoagulants and their cost-effectiveness in patients with AF undergoing DCC, AF ablation, and LAA occlusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-59
Number of pages17
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Left atrial appendage
  • Stroke
  • Transesophageal echocardiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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