Michael N. Peters, M.D.; Denton A. Cooley, M.D.; Robert D. Leachman, M.D. F.A.C.P.; Efrain Garcia, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Robert J. Hall, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Atrial myxoma has a distinctive clinical profile, but its diagnosis is often overlooked. Review of 17 patients with atrial myxoma observed in the last 16 years at the Texas Heart Institute shows features that strongly indicate the correct diagnosis.
Each patient presents with various features of the classic triad of obstructive, embolic, and constitutional effects. Of 17 patients (average age, 47.6 years), 11 were women; 15 had left and 2, right, atrial myxoma. In most mitral valve disease was the referring diagnosis. Helpful distinguishing features were a short (<2-year) clinical course (9), denial of rheumatic fever (15), syncope or paroxysmal
Peters MN, Cooley DA, Leachman RD, Garcia E, Hall RJ. Atrial Myxoma.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:819. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-819_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):819.
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