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Unusual and intraoperative epicardial echocardiographic features of a papillary tumour of the aortic valve.
  1. N P Lewis,
  2. G T Williams,
  3. A G Fraser
  1. Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff.


    A mass with a diameter of 0.8 cm was detected in the aortic root of a 53 year old woman during routine preoperative cross sectional echocardiographic assessment of a secundum atrial septal defect. Intraoperative epicardial echocardiography showed that the mass was attached by a slender stalk to the tip of the left coronary cusp of the aortic valve, and histological examination showed that it was a papillary tumour. Intraoperative epicardial echocardiography can help in planning the excision of papillary tumours, and excision is advised even when there are no symptoms.

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