Aortic Valve Myxoma Presenting with a Stroke: A case report and review of the literature

Feras A. Alkuwaiti, Yasser Elghoneimy, Sami Ghazal


Myxomas originating from the aortic valve are rare. We report a 40-year-old male patient who presented to the King Fahd Hospital of the University, Khobar, Saudi Arabia, in 2017 with a stroke. Transoesophageal echocardiography indicated a mobile mass measuring 6 × 2 mm attached to the right coronary cusp of the aortic valve and a mobile interatrial septum with a small patent foramen ovale (PFO). The patient underwent surgical excision of the mass and direct closure of the PFO. Histopathology confirmed the mass to be a myxoma. Despite their rarity, the recognition and treatment of valvular myxomas is very important; moreover, clinicians should be aware that affected patients may present with an embolic stroke.

Keywords: Aortic Valve; Myxoma; Patent Foramen Ovale; Stroke; Transesophageal Echocardiography; Case Report; Saudi Arabia.

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