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Case report
Rare presentation of atrial myxoma: chest pain, dysphagia and left upper extremity weakness
  1. Remy Waddel Zock a Zock1 and
  2. Fernando Boccalandro2
  1. 1 Internal Medicine, Texas Technical University Health Sciences Center, Odessa, Texas, USA
  2. 2 Department of Cardiology, ProCare Odessa Heart Institute, Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Remy Waddel Zock a Zock, darnelhouston{at}


Atrial myxoma is a benign primary heart tumour, which can be found incidentally on imaging studies. It is usually located in the left atrium and may manifest as dyspnoea, chest pain, heart failure, cough, shortness of breath when rising from a recumbent position, haemoptysis, hoarseness and as a source of cardiac embolism. However, dysphagia caused by an atrial myxoma has been reported only twice in the literature. We present a 53-year-old Caucasian man with a chronic history of dysphagia caused by an atrial myxoma, in which surgical resection resulted in complete resolution of his dysphagia.

  • cardiovascular medicine
  • ischaemic heart disease
  • valvar diseases
  • oncology

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  • Contributors RWZaZ was responsible for data acquisition, analysis, interpretation and manuscript preparation. FB participated in manuscript preparation and edition. RWZaZ participated in data interpretation, manuscript preparation and evaluation. FB supervised development of the manuscript and final evaluation. All authors read and approved the final version of 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 Next of kin consent obtained.

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