CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · THORAC CARDIOV SURG Reports 2017; 06(01): e1-e2
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1597987
Case Report: Cardiac
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Giant Left Atrial Myxoma: Cause for Position-Dependent Nocturnal Dyspnea and Cardiac Murmur

Julia Hillebrand1, Sven Martens1, Andreas Hoffmeier1
  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Division of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital of the Westfaelische Wilhelms-University Muenster, Muenster, Germany
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30 September 2016

10 November 2016

Publication Date:
16 February 2017 (online)


Primary tumors of the heart are rare. The majority of them are benign, the left atrial myxoma being the most frequent one. Clinical appearance varies from unapparent to life-threatening complications such as stroke, acute heart failure, or even sudden death. Diagnosis and consecutive surgical treatment strongly depend on the clinical symptoms, but their extent does not correlate with the risk for serious complications. Therefore, patients with variable clinical presentation can be especially endangered. Consequent diagnostic and immediate operative therapy is essential.