Mehmet Ateş 1 * , Yavuz Şensöz 1, Günseli Abay 1, Murat Akçar 1
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1 Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Education and Research Hospital, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, İstanbul, Turkey* Corresponding Author


Chest X-ray examination of a 38-years-old female patient, who was diagnosed as having mitral stenosis, revealed cardiac enlargement due to huge left atrium. Cardiothoracic ratio was approximately 0.90. Cardiac enlargement was due to the distortion of cardiac structures by giant left atrium. Giant left atrium can be readily demonstrated by echocardiography. Delaying the operation for mitral valve replacement may lead to fatal outcomes. Optimal timing for operation is important in mitral stenosis.


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Article Type: Case Report

EUR J GEN MED, 2006, Volume 3, Issue 2, 90-92

Publication date: 15 Apr 2006

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