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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46-52

Giant left atrium: A review


Non-Invasive Cardiology, Department of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Ahmed El Maghraby
Non-Invasive Cardiology Department, Heart Hospital, HMC, P. O. Box 3050, Doha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1995-705X.99227

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Giant left atrium is a rare condition, with a reported incidence of 0.3%, and following mainly rheumatic mitral valve disease. Although rheumatic heart disease represents the main cause of giant left atrium, other etiologies have been reported. Giant left atrium has significant hemodynamic effects and requires specific management. In this review, we present two cases, discuss the different definitions, etiologies, clinical presentation and management modalities.


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