Left atrial myxoma presenting with myocardial infarction. Case report and review of the literature

Int J Cardiol. 1997 Oct 31;62(1):73-5. doi: 10.1016/s0167-5273(97)00178-2.


Coronary artery embolization is an extremely rare and potentially lethal complication of atrial myxomas. We present a case report and a literature review of this clinical association. A 53-year-old woman presented with an acute infero-lateral myocardial infarction. Coronary angiography performed 1 h after the onset of pain disclosed an abrupt stop and multiple embolization of the peripheral right coronary artery (RCA). A transthoracic echocardiographic study revealed the presence in the left atrium of an echogenic, mobile mass, compatible with myxoma. The tumour was successfully removed surgically 2 weeks later and the patient is doing well one year post operatively.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Angiography
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal
  • Female
  • Heart Atria / pathology
  • Heart Neoplasms / complications
  • Heart Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Heart Neoplasms / surgery
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / etiology*
  • Myxoma / complications
  • Myxoma / diagnosis*
  • Myxoma / surgery