Transoesophageal echocardiography in routine cardiac surgery

John W Stokes
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb06589.x
Published online: 17 January 2005

To the Editor: Cokis and Faris describe an intraoperative complication detected by transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE).1 Their letter is interesting in that it describes a rare complication during aortic valve surgery, and it is provocative in that it is critical of the Department of Health and Ageing decision not to rebate TOE (except in valve repair or replacement) to anaesthetists.

  • John W Stokes1,2

  • 1 Intensive Care, Mater Private Hospital, Townsville, QLD.
  • 2 James Cook University School of Medicine.



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