Post-ischaemic exuberant left ventricular mass: Thrombus vs. Tumour-case report

Paul V. Viscuse, David J. Bartlett, Thomas A. Foley, Hector I. Michelena

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Background We present a case that illustrates the diagnostic challenge of differentiating thrombus from tumour when confronted with a large left ventricular (LV) cardiac mass. Case Summary A 43-year-old Caucasian woman polysubstance-abuser presented to a regional hospital with an ST-elevation myocardial infarction and underwent aspiration-thrombectomy and successful circumflex artery bare metal stenting. She was noted to have an exuberant LV mass on transthoracic echocardiogram the following day and transferred to our care. Transthoracic echocardiogram, transoesophageal echocardiogram, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging were performed in an attempt to characterize the mass with conflicting findings for either thrombus or tumour. The mass was surgically excised and final pathology indicated a fibrin-rich thrombus. Discussion The association of the mass with an infarcted area of the left ventricle supported the diagnosis of thrombus. However, due to the size and some imaging features a myxoma could not be completely ruled out. Atypical presentations of thrombus can be difficult to differentiate from cardiac tumours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberyty077
JournalEuropean Heart Journal - Case Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Case report
  • Echocardiography
  • MRI
  • Thrombus
  • Tumour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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