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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 112-114

Left Atrial Thrombus Causing Stroke and Syncope: Does Size Matters?

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Sheth V.S. General Hospital, Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Dr. Surender Deora
Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Sheth V. S. General Hospital, Smt. N. H. L. Municipal Medical College, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad - 380 006, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/2321-449X.146621

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Left atrium thrombus is seen in patients with rheumatic heart disease, severe mitral stenosis and/or atrial fibrillation, but is usually immobile and located in left atrial appendage. Freely mobile thrombus is rarely seen, and the size may vary from few millimeters to centimeters. The clinical presentation varies from presyncope or syncope in a small well organized thrombus to transient ischemic attacks or stroke in large poorly organized thrombus. Management includes urgent surgical removal of thrombus with underlying valvular correction and anticoagulation.

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