The case of the disappearing myxoma

John F. Heitner, Igor Klem, Karen Alexander, Louise Thomson, Trip J. Meine, Manesh R. Patel, Salman A. Haq, Dipan J. Shah, Raymond J. Kim

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We present a case demonstrating the utility of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in the diagnosis of a cardiac mass. A 70-year-old female who presented with chest pressure and left sided jaw pain was found to have a cardiac mass on transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography that was diagnosed as an atrial myxoma. A cardiac magnetic resonance test determined the mass to be more consistent with a thrombus than a myxoma through a stepwise approach using multiple pulse sequences. Thus, unwarranted and potentially risky thoracic surgery was avoided by the incorporation of a systematic evaluation by cardiac MRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-843
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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