An ultrasound Doppler technique for the noninvasive determination of the pressure gradient in the Björk-Shiley mitral valve.
The accuracy in determining the pressure gradient in the Björk-Shiley mitral implant from noninvasive ultrasound Doppler data was explored in nine adult patients. Manometric and ultrasound data were collectd simultaneously, and identical diastolic periods were used to compare the manometric gradient (delta Pm) with the gradient obtained from ultrasound data (delta Pu). In the nine patients the mean diastolic value of delta Pm ranged from 2-12.5 mm Hg and the difference between the mean diastolic values of delta Pm and delta Pu was 0.3 +/- 1.0 mm Hg(SD). The results of the investigation indicated that the method is accurate and reliable in the nonivasive determination of the mean diastolic gradient in the Björk-Shiley mitral implant.
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