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J Clin Ultrasound. 2005 Mar-Apr;33(3):143-5.

Rare right ventricular myxoma detected incidentally on a FAST examination.

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2nd Department of Radiology, University of Athens, Medical School, Eugenidion Hospital, Papadiamandopoulou Street 20, 11528 Athens, Greece.


A young man underwent Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST) scan for blunt abdominal trauma. An incidental finding on the pericardial view was the presence of a tumor in the right ventricle. Detailed cardiac imaging and subsequent excision revealed the presence of a myxoma. The patient had no obvious cardiac symptoms, but the awareness and experience of the examiner during the FAST examination detected this rare heart tumor at a latent stage, preventing serious, irreversible complications. This case demonstrates the potential importance of looking above the diaphragm during routine abdominal sonography, especially in patients who are critically ill.

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