An unusual case of refractory wheeze

Venkat Ramesh, Vishak Acharya, Narasimha Pai, Ananda Krishnan

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A 37-year-old man presented with a history of episodic wheeze and breathlessness of 3 years' duration refractory to treatment. Physical examination revealed diffuse expiratory polyphonic rhonchi while the remainder of the examination including the cardiac examination was reported as normal. Pulmonary function testing revealed mild obstruction with bronchodilator reversibility. The patient was discharged on a 6-month course of antitubercular treatment (ATT) as bronchial brush cytology (obtained via bronchoscopy) was positive for acid-fast bacilli. The patient presented after completing 6 months of ATT with persistent symptoms, a loud S1 and a mid-diastolic murmur at the apex. High-resolution CT of the chest showed bilateral dependent ground glass opacities. An echocardiogram revealed a left atrial myxoma, and normal RV size and pressures. The patient underwent successful surgical removal of the same, and made a complete recovery. Refractory wheeze is a very unusual presentation of a left atrial myxoma.

Original languageEnglish
Article number206963
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 02-03-2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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