Prenatal ultrasonographic findings of a cardiac myxoma

Dario Paladini, Antonio Tartaglione, Michele Vassallo, Pasquale Martinelli

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BACKGROUND: Cardiac myxomas have been reported in the neonate but never in the fetus. We present the prenatal diagnosis of such a tumor. CASE: The patient had been referred for fetal echocardiography for a right atrial mass. At 23 weeks' gestation, the tumor was initially located in the left atrium. Then it crossed the foramen ovale and began moving between the right atrium and ventricle. It appeared as a soft, moderately echogenic mass with a long peduncle attached to the right atrial wall. It was followed until delivery and removed at 20 days of life. CONCLUSION: This case shows that myxomas can also arise in the fetus. Such a diagnosis should be taken into consideration when a soft, echogenic, pedunculated mass is seen within the fetal heart.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1174-1176
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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