Mobile left atrial mass – echocardiogram in multiple views

Mobile left atrial mass – echocardiogram in multiple views

Mobile left atrial mass
Mobile left atrial mass

This animated image shows a mass in the left atrium prolapsing into the left ventricle in diastole, as is usual with a left atrial myxoma. The mass produces left ventricular inflow obstruction as it is across the mitral opening in diastole, almost filling the orifice. In systole, it goes back into the left atrium. Sometimes left atrial myxoma arises from the interatrial septum and has a long stalk. The long stalks permits mobility so that tumour can easily prolapse into the left ventricle in diastole.

Sequential still images follow – see below.

Mass across mitral valve - Apical 4 chamber view
Mass across mitral valve – Apical 4 chamber view

 

Mass across mitral valve 2 - Apical 4 chamber view

Mass across mitral valve 2 – Apical 4 chamber view

Mass has started retracting into the left atrium at the end of diastole.

Mass in left atrium - Apical 4C view
Mass in left atrium – Apical 4C view

Mass is almost in left atrium as systole is starting.

Mass in left atrium 2 - Apical 4C view
Mass in left atrium 2 – Apical 4C view

Mass well inside the left atrium in systole as the mitral valve is closed.

Mass across mitral valve - annotated

Mass across mitral valve – annotated

LV: Left ventricle; RV: Right ventricle; LA: Left atrium; RA: Right atrium; IVS: Interventricular septum; IAS: Interatrial septum

Mass in left atrium - annotated

Mass in left atrium – annotated

Mass across left atrium - annotated - PLAX view

Mass across left atrium – annotated – PLAX view