Leiomyosarcoma of the right atrium masked by a covering thrombus: Conflicting results of echocardiography and transvenous biopsy - In favor of echocardiography

Ilan Auerbach, Alexander Tenenbaum, Enrique Z. Fisman, Joseph Shemesh, Meora Feinmeser, Yitzhak Herz, Ana Trujillo, Michael Motro

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Abstract

A 62-year-old woman was admitted for the evaluation of pedal edema and ascitis. Echocardiography revealed a right atrial (RA) mass invading the interatrial septum and extending into the inferior vena cava (IVC). Contrast enhanced computerized tomography scan excluded extravascular involvement. An organized thrombus was diagnosed by transvenous endomyocardial biopsy. The patient was treated with continuous intravenous heparin, and died soon after from hepatic failure. Postmortem histologic examination revealed a leiomyosarcoma surrounded by a thrombus involving RA, IVC, and hepatic veins. Endomyocardial biopsy played a misleading role that affected patient's management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-610
Number of pages4
JournalEchocardiography
Volume14
Issue number6 PART I
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1997

Keywords

  • Echocardiograph
  • Endomyocardial biopsy
  • Inferior vena cava
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Right atrium
  • Thrombus

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