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Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular
On-line version ISSN 1678-9741
ARRUDA, Marcus Vinicius Ferraz de et al. Resection of left ventricular myxoma after embolic stroke. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2008, vol.23, n.4, pp. 578-580. ISSN 1678-9741. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-76382008000400022.
Cardiac myxoma is the most common primary tumor of the heart. The tumor is located mainly in the left atrium but can arise from any heart chamber. Clinical symptoms are variable but dyspnea and embolism are the most frequent. We report a case of a young man that had embolic ischemic stroke caused by a large left ventricular myxoma. The patient underwent surgery three weeks after the stroke. The tumor was carefully resected without fragmentation. Surgical treatment was effective. We emphasize the rarity of this location together with a review of the current literature.
Keywords : Stroke; Heart neoplasms; Myxoma; Heart ventricles [pathology]; Cardiac surgical procedures; Extracorporeal circulation.