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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 487385, 3 pages
Case Report

Cardiac Myxoma Presenting as Dyspnea after Cesarean Delivery

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
2School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

Received 8 March 2012; Accepted 29 April 2012

Academic Editor: Tasneem Z. Naqvi

Copyright © 2012 Allison Wyman 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.


Introduction. Dyspnea during pregnancy and in the immediate postpartum or postoperative period is a relatively common symptom that can be an early sign of a life threatening condition. The differential diagnosis is broad and can represent a wide variety of underlying etiologies. Cardiac tumors are one of the rarest causes of dyspnea in a reproductive age women during the postpartum period. Case Presentation. 42-years old G7P1051 presented with acute dyspnea postoperatively after an elected uncomplicated repeat cesarean section and tubal ligation. The patient was diagnosed with a large left atrial cardiac myxoma and required urgent cardiothoracic surgery. Conclusion. The following case illustrates how a standard response to a common postpartum symptom, dyspnea, can divert and distract from less common exam findings. A careful, stepwise evaluation of symptoms and related findings will usually determine the underlying cause so that appropriate and timely treatment can be initiated.