Left atrial tumour mimicking pulmonary embolism

H. R. Rutter, M. C. Horrigan, M. G. Britton, Eric Seal

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Primary cardiac tumours have been described as great imitators. They are rare, and clinical presentations are diverse. Diagnosis is usually made by two-dimensional echocardiography. The present case report describes a case where a left atrial fibrosarcoma eluded diagnosis by echocardiography, and was eventually demonstrated by computed tomography. Management was complicated by the presence of persistent mismatch demonstrated by ventilation-perfusion lung scans. The likely mechanism underlying this phenomenon is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-564
Number of pages3
JournalRespiratory Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Aged Diagnosis, Differential Echocardiography Female Heart Atria Heart Neoplasms/*radiography/radionuclide imaging/ultrasonography Humans Lung/radionuclide imaging Pulmonary Embolism/*diagnosis Sarcoma/*radiography/radionuclide imaging/ultrasonography Tomography, X-Ray Computed Ventilation-Perfusion Ratio


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