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The follow electronic only articles are published in conjunction with this issue of Heart.
Star in the heart
K M Krishnamoorthy, J A Tharakan, S R Krishnamanohar
In a 50 year old woman, transthoracic echocardiography showed a left atrial mass. Transoesophageal echocardiography delineated its attachment. Additionally, cystic spaces were seen arranged concentrically in the shape of a star in the centre of the tumour. Surgical excision followed. Histopathological examination confirmed myxoma with areas of haemorrhage and necrosis. This case highlights the acoustic property of myxomas in a rare and beautiful manner and emphasises the superior transoesophageal imaging of myxomas.
Giant left atrial mass in an asymptomatic patient
S Lamparter, R Moosdorf, B Maisch
A large atrial myxoma, attached in an atypical location, was identified in the left atrium of a 70 year old patient. Although the tumour occupied a large part of the left atrium the patient remained in sinus rhythm and displayed no symptoms.