BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006611
  • Rare disease

Lipomatous hypertrophy of interatrial septum

  1. Themistoklis Iliopoulos2
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, Polyclinic General Hospital of Athens, Greece
  2. 2Department of Cardiology, 251 General Air Force Hospital of Athens, Greece
  1. Correspondence to Dr Konstantinos M Lampropoulos, konlampropoulos{at}


Lipomatous hypertrophy of the interatrial septum is being increasingly recognised and should be considered as part of the differential diagnosis for any cardiac tumour. We present the case of a 65-year-old male patient who presented at the emergency department complaining of palpitations. Transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography detected a lipomatous membrane separating the dilated left atrium from the right atrium. Diagnosis was confirmed by MRI. In such cases, the opinion of a specialist echocardiologist would help to avoid a misdiagnosis and unnecessary intervention.

Register for free content

The full text of all Editor's Choice articles and summaries of every article are free without registration

The full text of Images in ... articles are free to registered users

Only fellows can access the full text of case reports (apart from Editor's Choice) - become a fellow today, or encourage your institution to, so that together we can grow and develop this resource

Don't forget to sign up for content alerts so you keep up to date with all the case reports as they are published, and let us know what you think by commenting on the Editor's blog

Navigate This Article