Cardiac sarcoidosis with presentation of large left atrial mass

Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2004 Sep;10(5):397-400. doi: 10.1097/01.mcp.0000136403.32451.aa.


Purpose of review: The purpose of discussing this rare clinical presentation is to provide an opportunity to review difficulties encountered in diagnosing myocardial sarcoidosis.

Recent findings: Recent advances in diagnosis and management of cardiac sarcoidosis are discussed in this article.

Summary: A 45-year old man was brought to the emergency department after he fainted in a marketplace. An electrocardiogram showed a complete heart block; an echocardiogram revealed a large atrial mass consistent with the appearance of a myxoma. A biopsy of the cardiac mass showed noncaseating granuloma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiomyopathies / complications*
  • Cardiomyopathies / diagnosis*
  • Cardiomyopathies / surgery
  • Granuloma / etiology*
  • Heart Atria / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sarcoidosis / complications*
  • Sarcoidosis / diagnosis*
  • Sarcoidosis / surgery