Giant left atrium encountered during right-sided thoracentesis

Rashmi Advani, Benjamin T. Galen

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Giant left atrium is an uncommon pathology to encounter during bedside chest ultrasound, but is an important structure to be aware of when considering thoracentesis. This cardiac structure could easily be mistaken for loculated pleural fluid. This case also supports growing evidence that expert users can safely perform thoracentesis without completely reversing therapeutic anticoagulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-22
Number of pages2
JournalRespiratory Medicine Case Reports
StatePublished - 2018


  • Giant left atrium
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Thoracentesis
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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