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66-year-old man with an intriguing intracardiac mass
  1. Qin Fang,
  2. Yuanming Zhang,
  3. Tianxiang Gu
  1. Cardiac Surgery, China Medical University First Hospital, Shenyang, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tianxiang Gu, China Medical University First Hospital, Shenyang 110001, China; cmugtx{at}

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Clinic introduction

We present the case of a 66-year-old man admitted with progressive dyspnoea in the last 4 years. He was diagnosed with severe rheumatic mitral stenosis by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) before hospitalisation and was scheduled for mitral valve replacement. However, preoperative TTE, transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and CT revealed a mass in the posterior mitral annulus (figure 1A–D, yellow arrows). He reported recent anorexia but denied thoracalgia or fever. Laboratory examination indicated mild anaemia. White blood cells, C reactive protein, rheumatoid factor and erythrocyte sedimentation rate were all in normal ranges.

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Preoperative imaging: TTE at …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to acquisition of clinical and imaging data, ideation and draft of the article.

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