Cardiac myxomas are extremely rare in the pediatric population; however, if they do develop, they occur most often in the left atrium. We present a 16-year-old male who had a murmur discovered during a routine sport examination. A transthoracic echocardiogram showed a large left atrial tumor that caused severe inflow obstruction to the left ventricle and at least moderate mitral valve regurgitation. Through a minimally invasive, muscle-sparing vertical right axillary thoracotomy, he underwent complete resection of the mass, combined with posterior mitral valve annuloplasty. A histopathological examination confirmed a cardiac myxoma.
Keywords: Cardiac tumor; Minimally invasive surgery; Mitral valve repair; Myxoma; Right thoracotomy.
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