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Angiographic visualization of 'tumour vascularity' in atrial myxoma.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
European heart journal
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
1
Pages
79–82
Identifiers
PMID: 2009898
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Nine patients with atrial myxoma in whom selective coronary arteriography had been performed were studied. The angiographic sign of 'tumour vascularity' was found to be present in three patients with highly vascularized atrial myxoma. The clinical significance of the angiographic sign is unknown although highly vascularized myxomata appear to have a greater propensity to bleeding into the tumour, resulting in an acute worsening of clinical symptoms. The angiographic sign of 'tumour vascularity' is not specific but useful to complement the diagnosis of an atrial myxoma. The indication for selective coronary arteriography in patients with atrial myxoma remains the detection of coronary artery disease, thus concomitant coronary artery bypass surgery could be planned preoperatively.

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