The case of the disappearing myxoma.
We present a case demonstrating the utility of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in the diagnosis of a cardiac mass. A 70-year-old female who presented with chest pressure and left sided jaw pain was found to have a cardiac mass on transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography that was diagnosed as an atrial myxoma. A cardiac magnetic resonance test determined the mass to be more consistent with a thrombus than a myxoma through a stepwise approach using multiple pulse sequences. Thus, unwarranted and potentially risky thoracic surgery was avoided by the incorporation of a systematic evaluation by cardiac MRI.
Heitner, JF; Klem, I; Alexander, K; Thomson, L; Meine, TJ; Patel, MR; Haq, SA; Shah, DJ; Kim, RJ
Volume / Issue
Start / End Page
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)