Clinical Case Database / Category: Patient Management
Dr Nabila Laskar, Dr Mary Lynch
Foundation Years Journal, volume 7, issue 6, p.32 (123Doc Education, London, June 2013)
Cardiac Masses can often be found incidentally on routine testing and may present with a variety of non specific symptoms. Diagnosis is predominantly made via transthoracic echo (TTE) or transoesophageal echo (TOE), where the cardiac chambers can be visualised clearly. In this article, we present two cases where cardiac masses were found and treated in different ways and posed certain diagnostic challenges to the clinician. In the first case, an incidental myxoma proved to cause serious complications for the patientâ€™s quality of life and livelihood. The second case is still currently being investigated as a cause is yet to be found for the symptoms this patient presented with a week after diagnosis of alcoholic cardiomyopathy.
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Dr Nabila Laskar
CT2 Cardiology Lister Hospital
Dr Mary Lynch
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