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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 704098, 2 pages
Case Report

Left Atrium Papillary Fibroelastomas: A Cause of Cerebral Emboli

1Service de Chirurgie Thoracique et Cardiovasculaire, Centre Hospitalier National Universitaire de Fann, BP 5035, Dakar, Senegal
2Departement of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hospital University of Clermont-Ferrand, BP 63000, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Received 23 January 2012; Accepted 4 April 2012

Academic Editors: S. Al-Jureidini, H. Kitaoka, and A. J. Mansur

Copyright © 2012 A. G. Ciss et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Papillary fibroelastomas are cardiac benign tumours. Among the benign cardiac tumor, papillary fibroelastomas are reported second after myxomas. Most often diagnosed incidentally, papillary fibroelastomas may embolize to cerebral circulation. Valvular locations are predominant; location in left atrium is rare. In this paper, we present a case of papillary fibroelastoma located in left atrium with symptoms of cerebral embolization. Transoesophageal echocardiography diagnosed a mobile mass. The patient was treated with surgical resection without further embolic complication.