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A case of right atrial appendage aneurysm mimicking a pericardial cyst on echocardiogram

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Right atrial appendage aneurysms (RAAAs) are rarely encountered. If symptomatic, they present with atrial arrhythmias or embolic events. Surgical resection is indicated for symptomatic patients. We describe a 65-year-old man presenting with palpitation for 6 months. Electrocardiogram showed atrial flutter. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a large thin-walled cystic mass anterior to right ventricular outflow tract, which was confirmed to be a giant RAAA by contrast transoesophageal echocardiography and later by contrast-enhanced computerised tomography. The patient underwent electrocardioversion, following which he remained in sinus rhythm and was asymptomatic during the 3 months follow-up period.

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Toufan, M., Pourafkari, L., Akbarzadeh, F. et al. A case of right atrial appendage aneurysm mimicking a pericardial cyst on echocardiogram. Echo Res Pract 1, K5–K8 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1530/ERP-14-0034

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