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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 486309, 3 pages
Case Report

Fatal Disruption of a Left Atrial Myxoma Associated with Trauma

Department of Surgery, Beaumont Health System, 3601 W. Thirteen Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA

Received 11 November 2011; Accepted 4 February 2012

Academic Editor: Aaron S. Dumont

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Iacco 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.


Cardiac myxomas are benign tumors composed of sparse stellate cells in an extensive mucoid stroma. The surface of these tumors is often friable and gelatinous. Their intracardiac location makes embolization a constant threat. We report a patient who had diffuse systemic embolization of a left atrial myxoma coincident with a low-velocity frontal motor vehicle crash.