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Emergency presentation of emboli to multiple sites from an atrial myxoma.

Emergency Department, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.
Emergency medicine Australasia: EMA (Impact Factor: 0.99). 06/2012; 24(3):336-8. DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2012.01534.x
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ABSTRACT A middle aged man presented to our ED with back pain and confusion, had evidence of acute arterial insufficiency to his lower limbs and myocardial infarction on initial ECG. His workup included an urgent CT, which revealed a filling defect in his dilated left atrium, renal and splenic infarcts, and an embolism in his left internal iliac artery. Urgent embolectomy and fasciotomy could not save his left lower limb, and emergency cardiac surgery was required to excise an atrial myxoma. A brief narrative review of the literature is also presented, with this case being unusual in causing such widespread concurrent multiple organ damage, including stroke and myocardial infarct.

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