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      Spontaneous Echocardiographic Contrast in the Descending Thoracic Aorta

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          Spontaneous echocardiographic contrast (SEC) is an occasional finding observed in the atria in patients undergoing transesophageal echocardiographic studies, but has rarely been described in the descending thoracic aorta in the absence of an aortic dissection. The pathophysiology of SEC in the cardiac and vascular structures appears to be related to an interaction between red blood cells and plasma proteins in the setting of a low flow state. In this report we present three cases of SEC in the descending thoracic aorta, with one of the cases of SEC resolving with repair of his underlying cardiac disorder.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1996
          1996
          19 November 2008
          : 87
          : 5
          : 379-383
          Affiliations
          aDepartment of Internal Medicine/Division of Cardiology, Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, Southfield, Mich., and bWayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich., USA
          Article
          177124 Cardiology 1996;87:379–383
          10.1159/000177124
          8894257
          © 1996 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 5
          Categories
          General Cardiology

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