Falsa massa in auricola sinistra ... o meglio: Vera massa in falsa auricola

Translated title of the contribution: False left atrial appendage mass ... or true mass in a virtual left atrial appendage

S. Rizzo, M. Giudice, A. Lupi, A. Frigiola, F. Guerra

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Abstract

We report the case of a 59-year-old man who underwent transesophageal echocardiography following a cryptogenic minor stroke. An image of a solid mass of the left atrial appendage, highly suggestive of a thrombus, was observed. The patient was treated for 10 weeks with oral anticoagulants. Because of the absence of changes in the echocardiographic appearance of the mass at follow-up, the patient was submitted to surgery. At surgical exploration no endocavitary thrombus was found, but the left atrial appendage appeared hypoplastic and dysmorphic. A biopsy was taken and the left atrial appendage was plicated. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a case of dysmorphism of the left atrial appendage mimicking a left atrial thrombus in a patient with cryptogenic minor stroke.

Translated title of the contributionFalse left atrial appendage mass ... or true mass in a virtual left atrial appendage
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)1121-1123
Number of pages3
JournalItalian Heart Journal Supplement
Volume2
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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