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The authors declared that they have no competing interests.
PK was responsible for the design and writing of the case report. EG contributed to article drafting and editing. DT provided the images of the echocardiography studies of the patient and revised the article. OK provided the images of the computed tomography studies of the patient. SKa was responsible for editing the images of the computed tomography studies. SKy was responsible for editing the images of the echocardiography studies. LK was the pathologist and provided the microscopic image of the tumor. MK was the patient’s surgeon, and provided the intraoperative images. VV was responsible for approving the article. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Myxomas are the most common benign tumors of the heart. They vary widely in size, and little is known about their growth rate. The present case report is, we believe the first in bibliography that provides images of an apical left ventricular myxoma from transthoracic echocardiography and computed tomography scans taken a year apart.
We present the rare case of a 65-year-old asymptomatic Caucasian man with an apical left ventricular myxoma that grew over a 12-month period. Our patient underwent successful surgical excision of the tumor and had an uneventful postsurgical recovery period.
Left ventricular myxomas are benign and curable tumors. They do not usually present with systemic symptomatology and most of them are diagnosed as sequelae of syncope caused by left ventricular outflow tract obstruction or systemic embolization. Because they are usually removed after diagnosis, the growth rate of myxomas is generally unknown. We present a rare case of the asymptomatic presentation of a left ventricular myxoma and its documented growth during a 12-month period.
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