Left Atrial Myxoma: Is Cardiac Catheterization Essential?

Ann Dunnigan, Gerald A. Serwer, D. Woodrow Benson

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Although uncommon in children, primary cardiac tumors, especially left atrial myxomas, can be cured with surgery. We present our experience with a 12-year-old boy with a left atrial myxoma diagnosed by two-dimensional echocardiography who underwent successful surgical resection without prior cardiac catheterization. We recommend that all patients suspected of having cardiac tumors undergo echocardiographic evaluation. As this case illustrates, the essential information for surgical management of myxomas can be obtained from two-dimensional echocardiograms, which obviates cardiac catheterization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-421
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1981

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Funding Information:
This work wassupportedinpartbyNational InstitutesofHealth grant HL07063.


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