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Missing left atrial thrombus: dislodgement or artifact?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18721607     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients with a left atrial thrombus are considered at high risk of thromboembolism. Surgical treatment is generally recommended. We experienced a case of a patient with a history of cerebral embolism related to chronic atrial fibrillation in whom, unexpectedly, no thrombi were found at thrombectomy. Although echocardiography is a useful method for detection of a thrombus in the left atrium, the possibility of a reverberation artifact should be routinely explored.
Kazuhiro Kurisu; Manabu Hisahara; Yusuke Ando
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  86     ISSN:  1552-6259     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-25     Completed Date:  2008-09-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1011-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kitakyushu Municipal Medical Center, Kitakyushu, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Fibrillation / complications*
Diagnostic Errors
Heart Atria
Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
Intracranial Embolism / complications
Middle Aged
Thrombosis / diagnosis*

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