Stroke from a large left atrial myxoma.

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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in Open Access journal The Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal Volume 2 ISSN: 1874-1924, pp.115-117 The published version is available at . doi: 10.2174/1874192400802010115.Copyright © Bentham Open.


A 36-year-old male involved in a car accident was found to have an embolic stroke due to a left atrial myxoma. Open heart surgery was delayed 4 weeks to decrease the risk of neurologic complications from the anticoagulation required for cardiopulmonary bypass. After resection of the myxoma, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography found severe mitral regurgitation, which was repaired.