Publication date: Jan 20, 2024
Left atrial myxoma is the most common benign tumor, with the growth rate remaining unknown because specific symptoms do not present until the tumor grows to a certain size. Early surgical management is performed in most cases once it is detected by physicians. Despite cardiac myxomas commonly being perceived as slow-growing tumors, rapid enlargement of myxomas has been reported. A 64-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with a diagnosis of a left atrial tumor. The pointed tumor changed morphologically in a few hours, and her respiratory condition, which had been normal at admission, suddenly deteriorated. Emergent surgery was performed, and the diagnosis was myxoma with multiple intratumor massive hematomas. The patient recovered uneventfully and was discharged on postoperative day 12 without any complications. We report an extremely rare case of left atrial myxoma rapidly expanded due to acute multiple hemorrhages within itself. Massive internal hemorrhage alters the size, shape, and fragility of the tumor. We should recognize the potential risk of internal hemorrhage that may lead to acute deterioration of the so-called “slow-growing benign” tumors, such as myxomas.
|Left atrial myxoma