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Case Reports in MedicineVolume 2011 2011, Article ID 705260, 3 pages

Case ReportDepartment of Anesthesia and Postoperative Intensive Care, School of Medicine, University Hospital of Ioannina, University of Ioannina, 451 10 Ioannina, Greece

Received 8 November 2010; Accepted 2 January 2011

Academic Editor: Michael S. Firstenberg

Copyright © 2011 Petros Tzimas and Georgios Papadopoulos. 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 report the case of a patient with a huge interatrial septal aneurysm as an intraoperative coincidental finding that led to a fatal outcome. The patient was admitted to our hospital in order to undergo elective coronary artery bypass grafting because he suffered from severe coronary artery disease. We intraoperatively diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography a huge interatrial septal aneurysm mimicking a right atrial tumor. The aneurysm was initially resected and then coronary artery bypass grafting was successfully performed but the patient never achieved a successful separation from cardiopulmonary bypass probably because of massive embolic events.

Author: Petros Tzimas and Georgios Papadopoulos



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