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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
On-line version ISSN 1678-9741
VALE, Marcos de Paula et al. Giant myxoma in the left atrium: case report. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2008, vol.23, n.2, pp.276-278. ISSN 1678-9741. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-76382008000200020.
In this study is reported the case of a 63-year-old-woman with history of dyspnea, palpitations, and precordial pain who underwent cardiologic evaluation. The physical examination did not reveal abnormalities. The echocardiogram showed great mass in the left atrium, suggesting myxoma which was confirmed by tomography and catheterization. The patient underwent surgical treatment with a good postoperative evolution. The diagnosis of myxoma was confirmed by histopathologic study. In this study is included a bibliographic review and a comment emphasizing the diagnostic difficulty based on signs and symptoms, as well as the details about the development of bilateral pleural effusion possibly related to the myxoma.
Keywords : Myxoma [diagnosis]; Myxoma [surgery]; Heart neoplasms [surgery]; Myxoma [complications].