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J Int Med Res. 2006 May-Jun;34(3):331-4.

Multicentric cardiac myxoma treated with extended surgery.

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  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey. mertyilmaz@uludag.edu.tr


We present the case of a 37-year-old male patient with a multicentric myxoma admitted to hospital with dyspnoea, syncope and chest pain. Physical examination revealed a grade 3/6 systolic murmur at the left lower sternal border and diffuse bilateral lung rales. Transthoracic echocardiography and thoraco-abdominal computed tomography revealed a right atrial mass and a right ventricular mass obstructing the outflow tract. The patient underwent urgent surgical treatment. At operation, a solitary right atrial myxoma and a right ventricular myxoma originating from the tricuspid valve and attached to the free wall of the right ventricle were seen. The tumours were successfully excised and the tricuspid valve was replaced with a No. 33 Omnicarbon metallic valve. The right ventricular free wall was repaired with a glutaraldehyde-treated pericardial patch. Histopathological examination of the tumours confirmed the diagnosis of myxoma. Post-operative recovery was uneventful and there was no recurrence after 1 year's follow-up.

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