Intracardiac thrombi - left ventricle and atrium

Case contributed by Dr Sajoscha Sorrentino


Patient was referred to CT scan for exclusion of pulmonary embolism.

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Male

No pulmonary artery embolism noted.

Bilateral pleural effusion noted (left>right), which may explain the patient's dyspnea.

Furthermore, there is a thrombus in the left atrium and one in the apex of the left ventricle.

Case Discussion

Cardiac thrombi are seen in a variety of clinical settings and can result in severe morbidity or even death from embolic events. It can occur following myocardial infarction with ventricular thrombus formation, or with atrial fibrillation and mitral stenosis where atrial thrombi predominate.

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Case information

rID: 16896
Published: 27th Feb 2012
Last edited: 17th Feb 2020
System: Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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