Fast Five Quiz: Are You Familiar With Atrial Flutter?

Yasmine S. Ali, MD

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February 02, 2017

TEE is the preferred technique for detecting thrombus in the left atrium. However, TTE is the preferred modality for evaluating atrial flutter. It can evaluate right and left atrial size, as well as the size and function of the right and left ventricles, thereby facilitating diagnosis of valvular heart disease, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), and pericardial disease. TTE has low sensitivity for intra-atrial thrombi.

Chest radiography may be useful in evaluation of lung disease and the pulmonary vasculature. Chest radiographic findings are usually normal in patients with atrial flutter, but radiographic evidence of pulmonary edema may be present in subacute cases.

For more on the workup of atrial flutter, read here.

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