A 57 year-old woman with a large right atrial myxoma underwent emergency surgical resection in our institute. It is known that surgical management of such tumours is difficult regarding venous cannulation and embolic risk, but in our patient, the surgery was more challenging because of the severe left ventricular dysfunction.
Thus, we aim on the one hand, to discuss the association between the left ventricular dysfunction and the right atrial myxoma, and, on the other hand, to describe the on-pump beating heart technique we used to remove this mass.
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Published online: October 24, 2012
Accepted: July 24, 2012
Received in revised form: July 1, 2012
Received: May 14, 2012
© 2012 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.