A 22 year old woman had signs of rheumatic mitral and aortic valve disease early in pregnancy. Cardiac catheterization was performed during her third month of pregnancy under two-dimensional echocardiographic control without the use of ionizing radiation. Severe mitral stenosis with mild aortic stenosis was found. Five cubic centimeters of 5 percent dextrose in water were injected by hand to obtain left ventriculograms and supravalvular aortograms of sufficient quality to diagnose valvular regurgitation. The use of "echo-catheterization" may have significant advantages in selected clinical situations.

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Meltzer, R., Serruys, P., Vletter-McGhie, J., Hugenholtz, P., & Roelandt, J. (1981). Cardiac catheterization under echocardiographic control in a pregnant woman. The American Journal of Medicine, 71, 481–484. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/4035