Comparison of transesophageal Doppler methods with angiography for evaluation of the severity of mitral regurgitation

J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 1998 Sep;11(9):882-92. doi: 10.1016/s0894-7317(98)70008-2.


Doppler evaluation of mitral regurgitation remains difficult; thus, a head-to-head comparison of the diagnostic accuracy of Doppler methods was undertaken. Fifty patients with native mitral regurgitation underwent multiplane transesophageal echocardiography within 5 days of catheterization. Angiographic grade of mitral regurgitation and, in 20 patients with grade II-IV regurgitation, invasively determined regurgitant stroke volume were compared with color Doppler area, regurgitant jet diameter, ratio of systolic to diastolic peak pulmonary venous flow velocities, and (based on the proximal convergence zone) maximal regurgitant flow rate and regurgitant orifice area. Rank correlation coefficients of angiographic grade with Doppler parameters were 0.61 for color jet area, -0.61 for pulmonary venous flow velocity ratio, 0.69 for color jet diameter, 0.79 for maximal regurgitant flow rate, and 0.78 for regurgitant orifice area (all P < .01). Convergence zone-based parameters also correlated best (r=0.73) with invasively determined regurgitant stroke volume. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis confirmed higher diagnostic accuracy for proximal jet width and proximal convergence zone parameters than for color jet area or pulmonary venous flow velocity ratio. Proximal convergence zone parameters and proximal color jet diameter best distinguished severe from mild forms of mitral regurgitation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Echocardiography, Doppler, Color*
  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency / diagnostic imaging*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prospective Studies
  • ROC Curve
  • Radiography
  • Sensitivity and Specificity