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Polypoid atrial myxoma.
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PMID:  22037712     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Myxomas are by far the most common tumours of the heart. A 75-year-old man with no notable medical history presented with a 2-month progressive weight loss and dyspnoea on exertion. Physical examination revealed an opening snap and a diastolic decrescendo murmur at the apex. Transthoracic echocardiography showed a large, 85 × 30 mm, mobile, polypoid mass arising from the atrial fossa ovalis and protruding into the left ventricle during diastole. Irregular shape, multilobated surface and soft-tissue echogenicity were consistent with emboligenic myxoma. Surgical inspection confirmed a reddish gelatinous myxoma with villous, friable, thrombus-like surface prone to embolize. The mass was successfully removed and the histologic report confirmed the diagnosis.At 3-year follow-up, the patient is asymptomatic and no further mass has been detected. The case confirms that echocardiography remains a primary tool for the assessment of cardiac masses, providing morphological clues to define the potential risk of complications such as valve obstruction and systemic embolization.
Antonio Grimaldi; Andrea Fumero; Maurizio Taramasso; Federico Pappalardo; Francesca Sanvito; Enrico Ammirati; Elvia Capritti; Alessandro Castiglioni; Egidio Collu; Maria Grazia Pala; Alberto Zangrillo; Ottavio Alfieri
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular medicine (Hagerstown, Md.)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1558-2035     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101259752     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
aCardiovascular and Thoracic Department bDepartment of Pathology, San Raffaele Scientific Institute and Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.
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