Surgical treatment for pulmonary embolization of a right atrial myxoma

Vera N Merli, Sonia Dell'Oglio, Valentina Grazioli, Cristian Monterosso, Benedetta Vanini, Mauro Gori, Giovanni Quarta, Andrea M D'Armini

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We report the case of a woman with pulmonary embolism due to a cardiac mass. Echocardiography, CT scan and cardiac magnetic resonance raised the suspicion of right atrial myxoma and confirmed the presence of pulmonary embolism. The patient was sent to Pavia, where the atrial myxoma was excised, and using interrupted periods of circulatory arrest, extraction of the myxoma emboli from the pulmonary arteries was performed. No adjuvant chemotherapy was required as surgical treatment is an effective therapy in cases of pulmonary embolism of a benign neoplastic mass.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Oct 10 2018


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