Left atrial appendage thrombus

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell

Presentation

Incidental finding on a staging CT scan of the chest

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Female
CT

Filling defect in the left atrial appendage.  This is not the typical site of myxoma (the major differential diagnosis).  The patient is chronically fibrillating (atrial) thus thrombus is most likely.

Case Discussion

Clot in the left atrial appendage is a potential source of embolism producing ischaemic stroke and infarction of other organs including the spleen, bowel and kidneys.

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Case information

rID: 31210
Case created: 24th Sep 2014
Last edited: 13th Mar 2016
System: Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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