We report four cases of patients with documented constrictive pericarditis who had evidence of reduced right ventricular (RV) systolic function. Assessment of RV systolic function was performed by pulsed tissue Doppler sampling of basal RV free wall velocity at the level of the tricuspid annulus in the four-chamber view. Velocity values and time velocity integral calculated from the velocity envelope were compared with values from controls. All four patients had evidence of epicardial RV injury at the time of pericardiectomy and persistent symptoms and RV systolic dysfunction after pericardiectomy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography|
|State||Published - Dec 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine