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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2017, Article ID 8510160, 5 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8510160
Case Report

Left Atrial Myxoma in Pregnancy: Management Strategy Using Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach

1Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
3Cardiology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Correspondence should be addressed to Noppon Taksaudom; moc.liamtoh@nopponrd

Received 15 February 2017; Accepted 6 April 2017; Published 16 April 2017

Academic Editor: Tayfun Sahin

Copyright © 2017 Noppon Taksaudom 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.

Abstract

This case report concerns a young woman who, during her pregnancy, suffered severe mitral regurgitation. It was discovered at the same time that she had a left atrial myxoma. During the early postpartum period she successfully underwent an anterior minithoracotomy to remove the left atrial myxoma in conjunction with repair of the mitral valve. The thoracotomy approach in this specific patient was chosen as it would give a better chance of successful mother-child bonding because the patient would be able to avoid the precautions which would have been necessary following a sternotomy, especially the limitation of her ability to hold her child during the first 4–6 weeks postoperatively.