Impairment of echocardiographic acoustic window caused by breast implants

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Cosmetic breast implants are increasing in popularity. The presence of a breast implant overlying the anterior mediastinal space as a cause of impairment of the echocardiographic acoustic window has not been described previously. Here, we report three cases with significant impairment of echocardiographic acoustic window caused by breast implants. Clinicians should be aware of this interference and women should be informed of this dilemma before considering this cosmetic surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-297
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Echocardiography
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008



  • Acoustic window
  • Attenuation
  • Breast implant
  • Echocardiography
  • Saline implant
  • Silicone implant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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