Am J Cardiovasc Dis 2012;2(4):331-333

Original Article
Renal infarction secondary to cor triatriatum sinister

Renal infarction secondary to cor triatriatum sinister

Anumeha Tandon, Kelly McMaster, Jeffrey M Schussler

Division of Cardiology, Baylor University Medical Center / Jack and Jane Heart and Vascular Hospital, Dallas, TX, USA.

Received September 23, 2012; accepted October 19, 2012; Epub October 25, 2012; published November 15, 2012

Abstract: A 30 year old, otherwise healthy man presented with flank pain and was ultimately found to have a right-sided
renal infarction.  Transthoracic echocardiography suggested, and then transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
confirmed, the presence of cor triatriatum sinister. Given the lack of other sources of emboli, this was felt to be the most
likely source. We describe the case and both the echocardiographic and CT findings of this rare condition. This case
demonstrates the need for TEE in some cases where 2D echocardiography is not sensitive enough to “rule out” cardio-
embolic sources. This is only the second case in the literature of a systemic embolization due to cor triatriatum, and the
first one in the Western literature. (AJCD1209003).

Keywords: Cor triatriatum, secondary renal infarction,


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