The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic capabilities of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) compared to completion angiography for detection of residual post-operative pulmonary artery lesions. This is a retrospective review of 19 consecutive surgical cases involving the pulmonary arteries that had post-operative TEE and completion angiography from 2014 to 2017. The echocardiograms were reviewed by 2 blinded examiners and categorized as adequate or inadequate visualization of the surgical repair. Based on TEE images, the surgical repair was graded as no revision necessary, residual lesion present requiring revision, or unable to assess. TEE was compared to completion angiography to determine the ability of each method to detect residual pulmonary artery lesions. Fifty-three percent of TEE imaging was graded as inadequate. Based on TEE, surgical revision was indicated in 2 of 19 cases. Completion angiography documented 4 additional residual lesions resulting in surgical revision in 6 of 19 patients. TEE sensitivity for detecting residual pulmonary artery lesions was 40%. One Glenn patient with adequate image quality and repair by TEE had moderate left pulmonary artery stenosis by completion angiography. All other discrepancies occurred in patients with inadequate TEE imaging. No patient with pulmonary artery abnormalities had hemodynamic instability or excessive desaturations. Completion angiography-related complications included three transient arrhythmias with no increased incidence of acute kidney injury. Completion angiography may be more effective than TEE at detecting post-operative pulmonary artery lesions even in patients not manifesting clinical symptoms. Documentation of residual lesions with completion angiography allows immediate surgical revision potentially limiting necessity for future interventions.
- Completion angiography
- Post-operative pulmonary artery lesions
- Transesophageal echocardiography