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CASE REPORT
Left atrial myxoma: an unusual cause of postpartum tachycardia and shortness of breath
  1. Tahir Nazir1,2,
  2. Saad Ahmed3 and
  3. Irfan Munir Ahmed3
  1. 1 Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  2. 2 Department of Medicine, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston, UK
  3. 3 Department of Cardiology, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tahir Nazir, tahir.nazir-2{at}postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Abstract

Primary cardiac tumours are exceedingly rare in clinical practice and a myxoma is certainly not the first suspected diagnosis on a list of differentials in a patient presenting with breathlessness and tachycardia. Naturally, a structured work-up to rule out much more common conditions will take place. Nonetheless, an index of clinical suspicion is required especially when a clear-cut diagnosis is not forthcoming. We describe a case of a postpartum woman who presented with shortness of breath and palpitations, and was eventually diagnosed with a left atrial tumour. She underwent a successful surgical excision of the mass which was found to be a myxoma on histological examination. We review and present an up-to-date literature review on epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment options for cardiac myxomas.

  • pregnancy
  • heart failure
  • valvar diseases
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  • Contributors TN has written the original manuscript. SA and IMA have both equally contributed to reviewing and editing the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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