A 26-year-old female asked:
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how effective is an ultrasound ( at er) to rule out mitral valve prolapse or mitral stenosis?

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Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Ultrasound dx: An ultrasound examination is the test that is the most operator-dependent exam in medicine. It usually is not performed in the ER. MVP is usually a benign condition but mitral stenosis can be very serious. I would speak to a cardiologist about this. A good one can pick these conditions up by just listening with a stethoscope.
Answered on Apr 23, 2016
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Dr. Vijay Iyer
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Not great: A formal echocardiogram with assessment by doppler is essential to make a diagnosis of mitral stenosis. ER ultrasounds are good for screening but not for a definitive diagnosis.
Answered on Mar 30, 2016
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