Giant left atrium in undersized mitral ring annuloplasty

Submitted: August 4, 2016
Accepted: August 29, 2016
Published: October 14, 2016
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Enlargement of left atrium occurs in patients with longstanding mitral valve disease due to chronic pressure and volume overload and occasionally left atrium reaches a massive enlargement, condition known as giant left atrium. It is most commonly associated with rheumatic mitral valve disease, both stenosis and regurgitation. This unique case deals with a 70-year-old woman who developed a giant left atrium due to a severe mitral regurgitation from complete prolapse of both mitral leaflets, as a consequence of previous undersized mitral ring annuloplasty. 

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Bertin, Nicole, Aniello Pappalardo, Alessandro Minati, Gabriella Forti, Serena Favretto, Franco Pertoldi, Eleonora Ficarra, Francesco Pelizzo, and Olga Vriz. 2016. “Giant Left Atrium in Undersized Mitral Ring Annuloplasty”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 86 (1-2). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2016.763.