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March 1981

Left Atrial Myxoma and Coronary Artery Disease: Combined Surgical Treatment

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(3):353-355. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380150071019

• The ages and the symptoms of patients who have left atrial myxomas and coronary artery disease are similar. Two patients in whom both lesions coexisted were successfully operated on. Based on this experience, it is recommended that coronary cineangiography be performed on patients with left atrial myxomas when a positive anginal history is obtained or when the patient is over 35 years of age. In the patient with coexisting myxoma and coronary artery disease, careful preoperative planning for myocardial protection is advised.

(Arch Surg 1981;116:353-355)

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