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Myxoma Overview

Another name for Myxoma is Atrial Myxoma.

What is atrial myxoma?
A person with an atrial myxoma has a very rare tumor that grows inside the atrium of the heart. As the tumor grows, it can obstruct the flow of blood through the heart, leading to heart attack, stroke or heart failure.

What are the symptoms of atrial myxoma?
Common symptoms of atrial myxoma include palpitations, dizziness, fainting, chest pain, and breathing difficulty. Other symptoms include fatigue, fevers, nausea, and weight loss.

How does the doctor treat atrial myxoma?
Treatment for atrial myxoma involves the surgical removal of the tumor from the heart.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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