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Uncommon etiologies of atrial fibrillation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8790959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation warrants a full investigation of the etiopathogenesis of this common arrhythmia. In the adult population, the most frequently associated conditions are systemic hypertension, coronary artery disease, mitral valvulopathy, congestive heart failure, and hyperthyroidism. Nevertheless, more infrequent and even rare, yet correctable, etiologies should not be overlooked. We describe three patients who presented to our hospital with a first episode of atrial fibrillation and who subsequently were demonstrated to have very unusual cardiovascular pathologies subtending this common arrhythmia. In all three cases, trans-esophageal echocardiography was instrumental in reaching an accurate diagnosis that was later confirmed at surgery.
P Raggi; B C Vasavada; T Parente; S Prasada; T J Sacchi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical cardiology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0160-9289     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Cardiol     Publication Date:  1996 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-11-19     Completed Date:  1996-11-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903272     Medline TA:  Clin Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  513-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Fibrillation / etiology*,  surgery,  ultrasonography
Cor Triatriatum / complications*,  surgery,  ultrasonography
Ductus Arteriosus, Patent / complications*,  surgery,  ultrasonography
Echocardiography, Doppler, Color
Echocardiography, Transesophageal
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Embolism / complications*,  surgery,  ultrasonography

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