Left atrial thrombus following bilobectomy: a case report
Division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesiology, Acibadem Hospital, Bursa, Turkey
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2010, 4:71 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-4-71Published: 24 February 2010
Left atrial free floating ball thrombus is a relatively rare event, especially without mitral valve disease.
A 61-year-old Turkish man was admitted to our hospital with a thrombus mass in his left atrium. Five months earlier, he had undergone right bilobectomy and superior bronchoplasty due to squamous cell carcinoma in the lung. The patient had no evidence of cardiac disease except atrial fibrillation and there were no defined embolizations. The thrombus mass was surgically removed. The patient was discharged from hospital on the sixth postoperative day.
Surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass is a safe method for treatment. The patient should be medicated with warfarin, especially in the presence of atrial fibrillation.