Q) Pulmonary Embolism is a life threatening condition commonly seen in the ICU setting. Which of the following is not a feature of Echocardiography in patients with pulmonary embolism

a) Right ventricular dilatation with increased RV/LV diameter

b) Mitral Regurgitation

c) Bowing of interventricular septum

d) Pulmonary artery dilatation

Pulmonary embolism Physiology

Pathophysiology of pulmonary embolism

Answer

b

Its tricuspid regurgitation because the increased pressure is reflected on to the right side of the heart

Echocardiography is a useful tool in unstable patients because it is non invasive and readily available. Transesophageal Echocardiography is more sensitive.

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