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Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect
Stroke due to a cardiac myxoma
  1. Rustam Al-Shahi Salman1,
  2. David Northridge2,
  3. Alastair N J Graham3,
  4. Robin Grant4
  1. 1
    University of Edinburgh, Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU, United Kingdom
  2. 2
    Department of Cardiology, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3
    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, UK
  4. 4
    Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK


Cardioembolic stroke is an important cause of stroke in young people. Cardioembolism classically causes infarcts in multiple vascular territories. In the case described here a young woman developed cardioembolic stroke secondary to atrial myxoma. The presentation was atypical in that the woman had no systemic manifestations of her myxoma.

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  • Competing interests: None.