Acute dyspnea in Emergency Department: point of care ultrasound in the diagnosis of atrial sarcoma

  • Maria Immacolata Arnone Hypertension Research Center, Federico II University Hospital, Napoli, Italy.
  • Giampiero Foccillo Emergency Department, San Paolo Hospital, Napoli, Italy.
  • Federica De Pisapia Hypertension Research Center, Federico II University Hospital, Napoli, Italy.
  • Giuliano De Stefano Hypertension Research Center, Federico II University Hospital, Napoli, Italy.
  • Giovanni Albano Hypertension Research Center, Federico II University Hospital, Napoli, Italy.
  • Maria Viviana Carlino Emergency Department CTO, Napoli, Italy.
  • Alfonso Sforza Emergency Department CTO, Napoli, Italy.
  • Enrico Giuseppe Ruggiero Emergency Department CTO, Napoli, Italy.
  • Costantino Mancusi | costantino.mancusi@unina.it Hypertension Research Center, Federico II University Hospital, Napoli, Italy.

Abstract

We describe a rare case of a 65-year-old patient presented to Emergency Department for acute dyspnea. Traditional diagnostic work-up was done and the emergency physician promptly performed a bedside point-of-care ultrasound. A giant mass in the left atrium was detected with impairing of mitral valve function. The patient was then sent to cardiac surgery department with a final diagnosis of high-grade cardiac sarcoma.

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Published
2019-03-06
Section
Case Reports
Keywords:
Point of care ultrasound, emergency ultrasound, dyspnea, atrial sarcoma, integrated ultrasound.
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How to Cite
Arnone, M., Foccillo, G., De Pisapia, F., De Stefano, G., Albano, G., Carlino, M. V., Sforza, A., Ruggiero, E. G., & Mancusi, C. (2019). Acute dyspnea in Emergency Department: point of care ultrasound in the diagnosis of atrial sarcoma. Italian Journal of Medicine, 13(1), 45-47. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2019.1081

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