Detection of left atrial appendage thrombus by cardiac computed tomography in patients with atrial fibrillation

A meta-analysis

Jorge E. Romero, Syed Arman Husain, Iosif Kelesidis, Javier Sanz, Hector M. Medina, Mario J. Garcia

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Abstract

Background-Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is considered the gold standard modality in detecting left atrial/LA appendage (LA/LAA) thrombi. However, this is a semi-invasive procedure with rare but potential life-threatening complications. Cardiac computed tomography has been proposed as an alternative method. The purpose of this metaanalysis was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of cardiac computed tomography assessing LA/LAA thrombi in comparison with TEE. Methods and Results-A systematic review of Medline, Cochrane, and Embase to look for clinical trials assessing detection of LA/LAA thrombi by cardiac computed tomography when compared with TEE in patients with a history of atrial fibrillation before electric cardioversion/pulmonary vein isolation or after cardioembolic cerebrovascular accident was performed using standard approach and bivariate analysis. Nineteen studies with 2955 patients (men, 71%; mean age, 61±4 years) fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Most studies (85%, 16 studies) used 64-slide multidetector computed tomography and 15 studies (79%) were electrocardiographic-gated. The incidence of LA/LAA thrombi was 8.9% (SD, ±7). The mean sensitivity and specificity were 96% and 92%, whereas the positive predictive value and negative predictive value were 41% and 99%, respectively. The diagnostic accuracy was 94%. In a subanalysis of studies in which delayed imaging was performed, the diagnostic accuracy significantly improved to a mean weighted sensitivity and specificity of 100% and 99%, respectively, whereas the positive predictive value and negative predictive value increased to 92% and 100%, respectively. The accuracy for this technique was 99%. Conclusions-Cardiac computed tomography, particularly when delayed imaging is performed, is a reliable alternative to TEE for the detection of LA/LAA thrombi/clot, avoiding the discomfort and risks associated with TEE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-194
Number of pages10
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Imaging
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

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Atrial Appendage
Atrial Fibrillation
Meta-Analysis
Thrombosis
Tomography
Sensitivity and Specificity
Electric Countershock
Multidetector Computed Tomography
Pulmonary Veins
Stroke
Clinical Trials
Incidence

Keywords

  • Cardiac computed tomography
  • Cardioembolic cerebrovascular accident
  • Electric cardioversion
  • Left atrial appendage thrombus
  • Left atrial thrombus
  • Pulmonary vein isolation
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)

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Detection of left atrial appendage thrombus by cardiac computed tomography in patients with atrial fibrillation : A meta-analysis. / Romero, Jorge E.; Husain, Syed Arman; Kelesidis, Iosif; Sanz, Javier; Medina, Hector M.; Garcia, Mario J.

In: Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, Vol. 6, No. 2, 03.2013, p. 185-194.

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