Free vortex ring formation in the left atrium originating in the left auricle

J Am Soc Echocardiogr. May-Jun 1992;5(3):274-6. doi: 10.1016/s0894-7317(14)80348-9.


An 80-year-old woman was evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography after coronary artery bypass surgery and subsequent cardioembolic stroke. In addition to spontaneous echo contrast demonstrating a counterclockwise rotating blood flow pattern, we observed free vortex ring formation in the left atrium, originating in the left auricle. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of abnormal free vortex ring type flow pattern in the left atrium.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Echocardiography*
  • Female
  • Heart Atria / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Regional Blood Flow