Acute heart failure related to a large left atrial myxoma

Giovanni A. Chiariello, Piergiorgio Bruno, Christian Colizzi, Natalia Pavone, Marialisa Nesta, Federico Cammertoni, Andrea Mazza, Alfredo Posteraro, Gianluigi Perri, Massimo Massetti

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An association between atrial myxoma and left ventricular failure is rarely described, is not completely understood, and may have multiple etiologies. We present a 49-year-old man with no history of cardiovascular disease who was admitted to our hospital with pulmonary edema. He was in atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response. Echocardiography showed a 10.5-cm left atrial myxoma, which had been asymptomatic until the onset of congestive heart failure in the presence of severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Left ventricular inflow obstruction associated with the giant atrial mass could not be the only cause for acute heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-333
Number of pages3
JournalBaylor University Medical Center Proceedings
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2018


  • Atrial myxoma
  • dilated cardiomyopathy
  • heart failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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