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Right atrial mass resembling ball valve thrombus in a patient with renal cell cancer
  1. Sugandhi Mahajan1,
  2. Harsh Rawal2,
  3. Udit Joshi3,
  4. Sanjay Mehta4
  1. 1 Internal Medicine Residency Program, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois, USA
  2. 2 Internal Medicine, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  3. 3 Internal Medicine, John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  4. 4 Cardiology, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sugandhi Mahajan, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA; sugandhi.mahajan{at}

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A middle-aged woman was admitted with progressive shortness of breath for 3 weeks. Clinical exam was unremarkable and further work-up was pursued. CT chest showed a cardiac mass and multiple opacities in the lungs (figure 1C). Echocardiogram demonstrated a 3×5 cm mass in the right atrium (online supplementary video 1) which was extending into the inferior vena cava (IVC) (figure 1A,B). These findings were highly suspicious for metastatic disease, but the primary was unknown. CT abdomen showed an 8.9×7.5×9.3 cm mass in the left kidney with …

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  • Contributors SuM, HR, UJ and SaM have all planned the manuscript, collected the images and reviewed the literature. SuM has prepared and submitted the manuscript. Each author jointly participated in drafting and revising the article. In addition, all the authors approved the final draft for submission.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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