DAVID M. SPAIN, M.D.
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Ball thrombus in the heart is a frequently mentioned complication in the course of mitral stenosis. However, reviews of the literature by Abramson (1914)1 and Aronstein and Neuman (1939)2 revealed reports of only 31 authentic cases. Recently, Garvin (1941)3 reported three additional cases. Ball thrombus of the heart is rare, and in only a few cases has the correct antemortem diagnosis been made or even considered.
In the laboratories of pathology at Bellevue Hospital during the past year, I have encountered a ball thrombus in which the correct clinical diagnosis was made.
The patient, (V. K.), a 33
SPAIN DM. BALL THROMBUS IN THE HEART*. Ann Intern Med. 1943;19:144–146. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-19-1-144
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