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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
  1. rustam.al-shahi{at}ed.ac.uk

Summary

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.

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