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Southern African Journal of Critical Care (Online)

On-line version ISSN 2078-676X
Print version ISSN 1562-8264


KNIGHT, M  and  WISE, R D. Atrial myxoma-related embolism resulting in acute limb ischaemia in a critical care patient. South. Afr. j. crit. care (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.2, pp.62-63. ISSN 2078-676X.

This report presents an unusual case of limb ischaemia in the critical care setting, the cause of which was elucidated on echocardiography. Evaluation of the case highlights the importance of appropriate and timely investigation, in particular the role of bedside echocardiography. Although atrial myxomas are uncommon, a thorough investigation of patients presenting with acute peripheral ischaemic events should be undertaken to facilitate the diagnosis of this treatable condition.

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