Postpericardiotomy syndrome (PPS) is a known complication of cardiac valve surgery, but it has not been commonly reported as a postoperative complication of cardiac myxoma removal. A 78-year-old female with hypertension and atrial fibrillation presenting with angina was found to have a large left atrial myxoma (7.5 cm × 4.4 cm). The myxoma was resected; however, 1-week postoperation hemoglobin and blood pressure decreased with elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP). Limited transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) showed moderate pericardial effusion, confirming the diagnosis of PPS. This case highlights the importance of monitoring patients postremoval of myxoma for symptoms of PPS.
Feng J, Appareddy NS, Gibran Y, Garza A, Luevano J, Garcia G. Rare Presentation of Postpericardiotomy Syndrome After Left Atrial Myxoma Removal. Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports. 2023;11. https://doi.org/10.1177/23247096231217858
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