Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

About the Test

The Transesophageal Echocardiogram or TEE is performed when a regular echocardiogram will not produce the best picture of the heart. TEEs are ordered for these patients and patients with abnormalities of the chest, lungs, and rib cage that may block the view of the heart. In these cases a small scope or probe is inserted through the esophagus.

To minimize discomfort associated with the insertion of the probe, patients are mildly sedated with intravenous medicine and oral novocaine-like sprays. The esophagus lies close to the heart, so excellent views may be obtained. TEEs help to evaluate:

  • A heart difficult to examine using conventional echocardiography
  • Patients with congenital heart disease
  • Patients with replaced heart valves
  • Patients suspected of having strokes

A physician and nurse experienced in the procedure performs the TEE.

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