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Left Atrium Dissection: A Rare Cardiac Surgery Complication

Published:January 23, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jvca.2016.11.014
      LEFT ATRIAL DISSECTION is a rare complication of cardiac surgeries and usually is associated with mitral valve procedures. Typically, a false chamber is created through a tear of the mitral valve annulus extending into the left atrial wall. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is used for diagnosis. The authors present a case of left atrial dissection that occurred after an ascending and transverse aortic arch aneurysm repair that was managed successfully conservatively.

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