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Case Reports in Critical Care
Volume 2013, Article ID 416168, 3 pages
Case Report

Fibroelastoma as a Culprit of Syncope

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of College of Medicine, 1329 SW 16th Street, P.O. Box 100186, Gainesville, FL 32610-0186, USA

Received 31 January 2013; Accepted 7 March 2013

Academic Editors: M. Egi, C. Lazzeri, and M. Podbregar

Copyright © 2013 Giuliano De Portu 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.


We present a case of a valvular mass diagnosed by emergency department bedside ultrasonography in a young patient with syncope. Bedside ultrasound has become a valuable tool in the evaluation of patients with syncope in the emergency department. This patient was believed to have a fibroelastoma on ultrasound that was confirmed by magnetic resonance and ultimately by postsurgical pathological evaluation. The indications and findings of using ultrasonography as part of the workup of syncope in the emergency department are discussed.