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Atrial myxoma: tumour or trauma?
  1. J Nolan,
  2. P J Carder,
  3. P Bloomfield
  1. Department of Cardiology, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.


    A mass lesion developed in the right atrium at the site of a trans-septal puncture after percutaneous balloon dilatation of the mitral valve in a man aged 74. The lesion had the pathological appearance of an atrial myxoma and seemed to have developed after trauma to the intra-atrial septum. This case suggests that at least some atrial myxomas are reactive rather than neoplastic in origin.

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