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A Giant Mass Filling the Left Atrium: A Case Report

Author(s):

Fernando Fonseca Gonçalves*, Sara Borges and José Ilídio Moreira  

Abstract:


Background: Cardiac tumors have heterogeneous and unspecific clinical presentations which is why their diagnosis is difficult.

Case report: A middle-aged woman presented to the emergency department with unspecific symptoms developing over 2 weeks. Multimodality imaging revealed a large mass filling the left atrium with a large base adherent to the fossa ovalis and flow obstruction. After surgical extraction, the anatomopathological analysis was compatible with a primary benign cardiac tumor.

Conclusion: Clinical presentation of cardiac tumors is usually unspecific and multimodality imaging is crucial in the diagnostic workflow. Surgical excision should be performed as quickly as possible.

Keywords:

Cardiac tumor, atrial mass, echocardiography, imaging, cardiac surgery, case report

Affiliation:

Cardiology department, Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Cardiology department, Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Cardiology department, Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real



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