Document Type : Case Report
Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados
College of Biomedical Sciences, Larkin University, Miami, Florida, USA JAS Medical Management, Miramar, Florida, USA
Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Biological Sciences Department, Broward College, Davie, Florida, USA
College of Biomedical Sciences, Larkin University, Miami, Florida, USA
Background: Pulmonary hypertension arise from an increase in resistance within the pulmonary vasculature, leading to consequences such as hypoxia, hypoxemia, and right heart failure. The underlying causes of this increased resistance are diverse and classified using the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system. One specific etiology is chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension or simply CTEPH.
Case presentation: This case report focuses on a 42-year-old African American cisgender female who presented with a deep vein thrombosis in her left leg and shortness of breath. Further investigation revealed a large mass in her right atrium during a bedside echocardiogram, suggestive of a possible right atrial myxoma. This patient subsequently underwent median sternotomy with thrombectomy.
Discussion: As a sequela to this clinical presentation, our patient developed pulmonary hypertension. This report delves into the challenges and complexities involved in diagnosing and treating pulmonary hypertension, while also highlighting the unique presentation of this patient.