A patient with a large left atrial mass is described in whom real-time two-dimensional (2-D) echocardiography provided images of exceptionally high quality. The mass was pedunculated, attached to the lower interatrial septum, appeared jelly-like in consistency and prolapsed into the mitral orifice during diastole. These features are characteristic of a left atrial myxoma. The importance of real-time 2-D echocardiography in the diagnosis of atrial tumours, and especially that of the subxiphoid view, is discussed.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 1982|