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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}yahoo.gr

Summary

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.

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