Biatrial myxoma: a case report and review of the literature

J Card Surg. 2008 Jul-Aug;23(4):385-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2007.00545.x. Epub 2008 Jul 1.


Background: In surgical series, a majority of benign cardiac tumors are myxomas. Of these, only about 2.5% are biatrial. Only 10 cases have been reported in the last 10 years. We present here a successful case in a 51-year-old man. A brief review of the literature is presented to place this case in context.

Methods: The tumor was removed surgically via a midline sternotomy using cardiopulmonary bypass. Both left and right atrial extensions of the tumor mass were removed. The resection involved the entire septum, with a bovine patch used to reconstruct the atrial septum.

Results: Patient recovered uneventfully. We advised follow-up evaluation using transthoracic echocardiography annually.

Conclusions: Biatrial myxoma is a very rare condition, with diagnostic challenges, but is amenable to modern surgical approaches.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Heart Atria
  • Heart Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Heart Neoplasms / pathology
  • Heart Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myxoma / diagnosis
  • Myxoma / pathology
  • Myxoma / surgery*