Atrio sinistro gigante in una paziente con scompenso cardiaco riacutizzato

Translated title of the contribution: Giant left atrium in a patient with heart failure exacerbation

Andrea Sonaglioni, Michele Lombardo, Massimo Baravelli, Andrea Rossi, Graziana Trotta, Edoardo Gronda

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A 71-year-old woman was admitted to our institution with symptoms and signs of acute congestive heart failure. The patient had a long history of rheumatic heart disease and, in 1974, she had undergone mitral valve replacement with a single tilting-disk mechanical valve. Transthoracic echocardiography showed a giant left atrium, measuring 18.5 cm longitudinally and 17 cm transversely from the apical four-chamber view with a volume of 1706 ml/m2 body surface area, associated with intense spontaneous echocontrast. Massive tricuspid regurgitation and severe pulmonary hypertension were diagnosed. It could be hypothesized that the giant left atrium may have contributed to the development of acute decompensated heart failure resulting in a significant reduction of left ventricular preload.

Translated title of the contributionGiant left atrium in a patient with heart failure exacerbation
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)286-288
Number of pages3
JournalGiornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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