The vanishing tumor: A right atrial myxoma with unusual aspects

C. Putterman, B. Tadmor, D. Rosenmann, D. Gilon, A. S. Abraham

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We describe an 80-year-old woman who presented with acute pulmonary edema. Laboratory evaluation revealed an increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate, anemia, and hyperglobulinemia. Revision of a transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiogram performed several months before revealed a right atrial myxoma, which was not present on a repeat study during the present hospital admission. Radionuclide pulmonary perfusion showed multiple small defects, an observation compatible with tumor embolization. Right atrial myxoma is a rare condition, especially in the elderly. Nevertheless, atypical presentations of pulmonary emboli, particularly in conjunction with unexplained systemic manifestations, should focus attention on the diagnostic possibility of a right atrial myxoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-230
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology in the Elderly
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995


  • echocardiography
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • pulmonary emboli
  • right atrial myxoma
  • transesophageal echocardiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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