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European Journal of General Medicine
Medical Investigations Society
ISSN: 1304-3897
Vol. 3, No. 2, 2006, pp. 90-92
Bioline Code: gm06020
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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European Journal of General Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2006, pp. 90-92

 en HUGE LEFT ATRIUM
Mehmet Ates, Yavuz Sensöz, Günseli Abay, Murat Akçar

Abstract

Chest X-ray examination of a 38-years-old female patient, who was diagnosed as having mitral stenosis, revealed cardiac enlargement due to huge left atrium. Cardiothoracic ratio was approximately 0.90. Cardiac enlargement was due to the distortion of cardiac structures by giant left atrium. Giant left atrium can be readily demonstrated by echocardiography. Delaying the operation for mitral valve replacement may lead to fatal outcomes. Optimal timing for operation is important in mitral stenosis.

Keywords
Huge left atrium, mitral stenosis, echocardiography

 
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