Left atrial myxoma: Case report and literature review

  • J Nwiloh
  • M Oludara
  • P Adebola


Myxomas are the most common cardiac neoplasm accounting for 50% of all tumours. Usually symptomatic at diagnosis, the advent of routine echocardiogram in clinical practice has enabled earlier diagnosis before onset of symptoms. There however have been few reports in black Africans, and so we are reporting a male patient who presented with heart failure secondary to a large left atrial myxoma mimicking mitral stenosis from diastolic flow obstruction across the valve. He underwent successful resection and to the best of our knowledge is the first reported resected surgical case in Nigeria.

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