Pseudoaneurysm causing partial obliteration of the left atrium: case report and review

Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn. 1996 May;38(1):83-6. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-0304(199605)38:1<83::AID-CCD19>3.0.CO;2-T.


We describe a case of left ventricular pseudoaneurysm with subepicardial dissection onto the left atrial wall, mimicking a smooth left atrial mass, causing partial obliteration of the left atrial cavity. This patient presented with a transient ischemic attack, most likely resulting from a thromboembolic episode to the brain. Emergent surgery was successfully performed and the patient is doing well at 1-year follow-up, with no signs of left atrial compression by transthoracic echocardiography.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting / complications
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting / diagnostic imaging
  • Aneurysm, False / complications*
  • Aneurysm, False / diagnostic imaging
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Echocardiography
  • Female
  • Heart Aneurysm / complications*
  • Heart Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart Atria
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis
  • Heart Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart Diseases / etiology*
  • Heart Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Heart Ventricles
  • Humans