KURT LEKISCH, M.D.
Myxoma of the heart has been diagnosed before death only on rare occasions; indeed, this disorder is usually mistaken for mitral stenosis.1, 3, 5, 6, 12 Because of the difficulty in arriving at a correct clinical diagnosis, it is believed that individual case reports are warranted, particularly in view of recent advances in cardiac surgery which make resection of such tumors possible.
Atrial myxoma usually produces a diastolic rumble at the apex identical with that of mitral stenosis. Review of the literature suggests that when rheumatic mitral stenosis is suspected, certain atypical features might suggest atrial tumor: (1) marked alteration
KURT LEKISCH. MYXOMA OF THE LEFT ATRIUM: REPORT OF A CASE(MYXOMA OF THE LEFT ATRIUM: REPORT OF A CASE*). Ann Intern Med. 1957;46:982–990. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-5-982
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(5):982-990.
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