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Submitted: 19 January 2017 Modified: 20 January 2017
HERDIN Record #: NCR-PHC-17011915025497

Two concurrent, pathologically distinct left atrial masses.

Philippine Heart Center

Abstract

Background: Primary cardiac neoplasms are rare, and majority of these are benign. A rarer occurrence is two distinct tumors within the heart.


Case: A 58-year old female presented with dizziness and dyspnea. A previous echocardiography showed a left atrial mass, which was confirmed on a repeat examination. However, on further scrutiny, the mass was noted to be distinct in its echocardiographic features. On surgical exploration, there were indeed two distinct masses within the left atrium. The masses were confirmed histologically to be distinct from each other.


Conclusion: In the evaluation of cardiac masses, the possibility of two distinct masses within the same cavity should be considered. In this case, echocardiography was able to demonstrate such occurrence, and  was confirmed by surgery and pathology.

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Publication Type:
Journal
Publication Sub Type:
Journal Article, Original
Title:
Philippine Heart Center Journal
Frequency:
Semi-Annual
Publication Date:
January-June 2015
Volume:
20
Page(s):
57-60
Publisher:
Philippine Heart Center

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