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Ultasonic characterisation of the pulmonary venous wall. Echographic and histological correlation

Cabrera, JE; Sanchez-Quintana, D; Farre, J; Navarro, F; Rubio, JM; Cabestrero, F; ... Ho, SY; + view all (2002) Ultasonic characterisation of the pulmonary venous wall. Echographic and histological correlation. Circulation , 106 (8) 968 - 973. 10.1161/01.CIR.0000026397.78200.C4.

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Abstract

Background- Pulmonary vein isolation with radiofrequency catheter ablation techniques is used to prevent recurrences of human atrial fibrillation. Visualization of the architecture at the venoatrial junction could be crucial for these ablative techniques. Our study assesses the potential for intravascular ultrasound to provide this information.Methods and Results- We retrieved 32 pulmonary veins from 8 patients dying from noncardiac causes. We obtained cross-sectional intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) images with a 3.2F, 30-MHz ultrasound catheter at intervals on each vein. Histological cross-sections at the intervals allowed comparisons with ultrasonic images. The pulmonary venous wall at the venoatrial junction revealed a 3-layered ultrasonic pattern. The inner echogenic layer represents both endothelium and connective tissue of the media (mean maximal thickness, 1.4ñ0.3 mm). The middle hypoechogenic stratum corresponds to the sleeves of left atrial myocardium surrounding the external aspect of the venous media. This layer was thickest at the venoatrial junction (mean maximal thickness, 2.6ñ0.8 mm) and decreased toward the lung hilum. The outer echodense layer corresponds to fibro-fatty adventitial tissue (mean maximal thickness, 2.15ñ0.36 mm). We found a close agreement among the IVUS and histological measurements for maximal luminal diameter (mean difference, -0.12ñ1.3 mm) and maximal muscular thickness (mean difference, 0.17ñ0.13 mm) using the Bland and Altman method.Conclusions- Our experimental study demonstrates for the first time that IVUS images of the pulmonary veins can provide information on the distal limits and thickness of the myocardial sleeves and can be a valuable tool to help accurate targeting during ablative procedures

Type:Article
Title:Ultasonic characterisation of the pulmonary venous wall. Echographic and histological correlation
DOI:10.1161/01.CIR.0000026397.78200.C4
Keywords:CC, Correlation, pulmonary, Venous, WALL, AND
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Child Health

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