Authors: Patrick McNair, MD and Lawrence W Gimple, MD
Credit/contact hours: 0.5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Expiration date: December 6, 2021
Cardiac tumors are unusual, but atrial myxomas are the most common benign cardiac tumors of the heart. Presentations can be highly variable, ranging from signs and symptoms of mitral valve disease (such as dyspnea) to embolic phenomenon, right heart failure, or rarely myocardial infarction or sudden death. In this interesting case, a patient presented with findings of left and right heart failure and was treated in the operating room with a minimally invasive approach (right mini-thoracotomy including left atrial myxoma excision and mitral and tricuspid valve repair.)
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