Preoperative identification and operative management of intraatrial extension of lung tumors

Martin J. Heslin, Ephraim S. Casper, Patrick Boland, Jeffrey P. Gold, Michael E. Burt

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Preoperative identification of intraatrial tumor is uncommon. A 23-year-old woman presented with local recurrence and pulmonary metastases after previous resection of a clavicular sarcoma. Evaluation by computed tomography revealed bilateral pulmonary masses. Due to the size and proximal location, magnetic resonance imaging and transesophageal echocardiography were performed, revealing a large intraatrial mass. She then underwent staged surgical excision without intraoperative complications. We summarize this case and review risk factors for intracardiac extension and prevention of tumor emboli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-546
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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