Fever of unknown origin due to left atrial myxoma

Lütfü Savaş, Yusuf Onlen, Tark Kzltan, Ali Pourbagher, Ergun Seyfeli, Tuba Turunc, Fatih Yalcin

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Fever of unknown origin may present diagnostic and/or curative difficulties. Myxomas are one of the rare causes of fever of unknown origin. A 67-year-old man with a 4-month history of fever of unknown origin was admitted to our department. Physical examination revealed 38.4°C axillary temperature and accentuated second heart sound in cardiac auscultation. Blood, urinary, and throat cultures were negative. Transesophageal echocardiography showed a left atrial mass partially prolapsing into the left ventricle during diastole. Left atrial mass was excised, and histological examination showed atrial myxoma. Fever resolved within 48 hours after the operation, and the patient was discharged from hospital with complete improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-172
Number of pages3
JournalInfectious Diseases in Clinical Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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