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Giant Left Atrium Associated with Massive Thrombus Formation 14 Years after Orthotopic Heart Transplantation.

  • Author(s): Bartus, Krzysztof
  • Litwinowicz, Radoslaw
  • Kapelak, Boguslaw
  • Filip, Grzegorz
  • Wierzbicki, Karol
  • Lee, Randall J
  • et al.

We report the case of a 60-year-old patient who underwent orthotopic heart transplant 14 years earlier. Routine echocardiography showed giant masses in the left atrium. There were no symptoms or thromboembolic events in the past. Magnetic resonance imaging study revealed very enlarged left atrium (8.7 × 10.6 cm) occupied by irregular smooth mass (7 × 5 × 6.1 cm) with a stalk that was attached to the posterior left atrial wall in the area of graft suture lines. Intraoperative examination revealed a massive thrombus (12 × 10 cm) that filled almost the entire left atrial area.

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