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Malignant melanoma of the right atrium: antemortem diagnosis by transvenous biopsy.
  1. J A Gosalakkal,
  2. D D Sugrue
  1. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.


    About half of all patients with malignant melanoma have cardiac metastases. Histological confirmation antemortem of a secondary malignant melanoma of the heart is difficult. The diagnosis of a secondary melanoma in the right atrium was confirmed by transvenous biopsy in a 46 year old woman who had had a melanoma excised from her right leg two years before.

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