Journal article

Does Echocardiography Have a Role in the Cardiologist's Diagnosis of Innocent Murmurs in Childhood?

Hiu L Ip, Samuel Menahem

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Innocent murmurs are common in childhood. Echocardiography may diagnose almost all congenital cardiac abnormalities. Earlier studies have suggested that it may be unnecessary when a clinical diagnosis of an innocent murmur is made by an experienced cardiologist. Yet, echocardiography is commonly performed despite such a diagnosis. Is that justifiable? METHODS: Patients referred to a paediatric cardiologist for evaluation of a murmur were assessed. If an innocent murmur was clinically diagnosed, an echocardiogram and an electrocardiogram were ordered when requested. The cardiologist completed a questionnaire documenting the reasons for the investigations and his degree of confiden..

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