M. L. HOBBS, M.D., F.A.C.P.; J. B. HARLEY, M.D.
Antemortem formation of mural thrombi within the various chambers of the heart is a not uncommon occurrence. Garvin,1 of the Cleveland City Hospital, in 1941 reported 265 instances in 6,285 consecutive postmortem examinations. The largest percentage of these was found in patients with coronary artery disease with infarction. The next largest groups were hypertensive and rheumatic heart disease. Usually these thrombi are important only as sources of peripheral emboli. However, occasionally these may be of such magnitude that the general circulation is embarrassed.
In 1814 William Wood2 detected at necropsy a large ball valve thrombus in the left auricle which
HOBBS ML, HARLEY JB. TRICUSPID OCCLUSION DUE TO MASS THROMBUS OF THE RIGHT AURICLE1. Ann Intern Med. ;46:990–996. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-990
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(5):990-996.
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