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MERTZ K, Verónica  and  CONCHA P, Mario. Trans-esophageal echocardiography in non-cardiac surgery: Report of four illustrating cases. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2011, vol.139, n.3, pp.353-356. ISSN 0034-9887.

Transesophageal echocardiography can assess ventricular filling ana contraction ana detect motility disturbances secondary to ischemia. In non-cardiac surgery it can be extremely helpful to monitor complexpatients. We report a 69-year-old mole subjected to a hepatic lobectomy, a 59-year-old mole with hepatorenal syndrome, a 52-year-old femóle subjected to a gastric bypass, and a 54-year-old mole subjected to a thyroidectomy. In these four cases, left ventricular motility and preload were evaluated with transesophageal echocardiography, and itwas ofgreat aid in decision-making during anesthesia.

Keywords : Anesthesia; general; Echocardiography; transesophageal; General surgery.

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