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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 1993;10(1):237-244.
DOI:    Published online June 30, 1993.
A case of free-floating left atrial ball thrombus in mitral stenosis.
Young Jin Kim, Tea Il Lee, Kyo Won Choi, Seung Ho Kang, Dong Gu Sin, Young Jo Kim, Bong Sup Shim, Hyun Woo Lee, Eun Pyo Hong
A free-floating ball thrombus in the left atrium is a rare complication of the mitral valvular disease. A 53-year-old man was admitted for pain and paresthesia on both legs. On admission he had auscultatory sign of mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation, and the roentgenogram of his chest revealed a slight pulmonary ve..ous congestion, enlargement of the pulmonary conus and cardiomegaly. Laboratory findings including complete blood counts, coagulation studies and blood chemistry were normal. An echocardiographic examination revealed a mitral stenosis and a free-floating ball thrombus in the left atrium. We performed the emergent open heart surgery for removal of the ball thrombus and mitral replacement successfuly with Duromedics 29 mm valve. The size of thrombus was 39 X 32 X 30 mm.
Key Words: Left atrial ball thrombus, Mitral stenosis, Open heart surgery


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