Left atrial leiomyosarcoma detected by spiral computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging

G. Molinari, F. Sardanelli, G. Passerone, F. Scarano, S. Costa, A. Lonati, E. Melani, S. Caponnetto

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Abstract

We report a case of a 23-year-old man affected with dyspnea at rest, cough, and syncope. In the last year he showed recurrent upper right lobar pneumonia and, more recently, a cerebrovascular transient ischemic attack. Transthoracic echocardiography identified a large mass inside the left atrium, suspected as a myxoma. Spiral computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging identified a malignant tumor involving the pulmonary veins. The patient died during surgery. Necropsy confirmed the presence of a highly malignant sarcoma in the left atrium, infiltrating the left atrial walls and extending to the pulmonary veins. At histological examination, diagnosis of a leiomyosarcoma was defined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-65
Number of pages3
JournalCardiovascular Imaging
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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Keywords

  • Cardiac tumor
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Spiral computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Molinari, G., Sardanelli, F., Passerone, G., Scarano, F., Costa, S., Lonati, A., Melani, E., & Caponnetto, S. (1995). Left atrial leiomyosarcoma detected by spiral computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Cardiovascular Imaging, 7(2), 63-65.