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Indications for Transesophageal Echocardiography in the Evaluation of the Aorta in Trauma Patients

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Description:

An unstable trauma patient may have an aortic tear with hemorrhage. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) may be useful for identifying these injuries, especially when the patient is too unstable for transport to an aortography suite. A patient at risk for a significant aortic injury can be identified based on the mechanism of injury and/or findings on the chest radiographs.

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