Left atrial myxoma development after radiofrequency ablation of an atrial flutter substrate

Elpidio Santillo, Monica Migale, Luciano Marini, Luca Fallavollita, Carlo Massini, Fabrizio Balestrini

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Abstract

A 51-year-old man developed symptoms (palpitations) related to a large left atrial mass attached to interatrial septum discovered by trans-thoracic heart ultrasonography. Six months earlier this patient had undergone radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of an atrial flutter substrate. The left atrial mass was removed surgically using cardiopulmonary bypass with disappearance of symptoms. A post-operative diagnosis of atrial myxoma was made. The present case shows that a big left-atrial tumor could manifest with only mild unspecific symptoms such as palpitations. It is not clear whether the development of myxomas could be related to RFA or occurrence of heart tumors after RFA (already reported in medical literature) or whether it could be just chance without a causal link with ablation procedures..

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-126
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiology Cases
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015

Keywords

  • Catheter ablation
  • Heart neoplasm
  • Myxoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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