Inverted Left Atrial Appendage Masquerading As Myxoma
A39-year-old woman was evaluated for an intra-atrial mass after having suffered a CT-verified stroke. She experienced a total remission of her neurological symptoms within 6 weeks.⇓⇓ A search for embolic foci was conducted. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a mass in the left atrium. MRI confirmed the diagnosis. At surgery, instead of the suspected myxoma, an inverted left atrial appendage was detected and excised.
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