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An atrial mass: the value of echocardiographic three-dimensional reconstruction.
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PMID:  21709575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
An 88-year-old lady was referred to our Heart Failure Clinic with a history of 'occasional' breathlessness. Electrocardiography showed sinus rhythm and no other major abnormalities and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) was normal. Transthoracic echocardiography showed a non-dilated left ventricle with good systolic function. A bright and well-circumscribed, echogenic mass appeared inside a mildly dilated left atrium, visible in both parasternal and apical views. A three-dimensional echocardiographic reconstruction showed no mass within the left atrium; however, an extracardiac mass impinging its posterior wall was seen. Suspicion of an intrathoracic tumour was raised and cardiac magnetic resonance showed a hiatus hernia immediately adjacent to the left atrium. Care must be taken when evaluating masses in or close to the heart.
Pierpaolo Pellicori; Nasser Sherwi; Olga Khaleva; Kenneth Wong; John G F Cleland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular medicine (Hagerstown, Md.)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1558-2035     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-6-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101259752     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Academic Cardiology, Hull and East Yorkshire Medical Research and Teaching Centre, Castle Hill Hospital, Kingston upon Hull, UK.
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