Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Case Report

Surgical considerations for two patients with cardioembolic stroke and mobile thrombus in the left atrium appendage

Mayuko Sakuwa, M.D.1), Yuki Aozasa, M.D.1), Yutaka Suto, M.D., Ph.D.1) and Hiroki Fukuda, M.D., Ph.D.1)

1)Department of Neurology, Japanese Red Cross Matsue Hospital

Two men (Case 1, 74 years old; Case 2, 65 years old) developed cardioembolic stroke due to self-interruption of anticoagulants for treating atrial fibrillation. They both had mobile thrombus in the left atrial appendage. In Case 1, a left atrial thrombectomy was scheduled on day 8, but infarction re-occurred on the morning of the the surgery, producing neurological sequelae. In Case 2, left atrial thrombectomy and left atrial appendage closure were performed successfully on day 8. The indication and timing of cardiac thrombectomy after the onset of cerebral infarction have not been standardized, and they seem to differ among individuals. Therefore, in the future, the optimal timing of left atrial thrombectomy should be decided based on the size and morphology of the left atrial thrombus, the size of the cerebral infarction and the presence or absence of hemorrhagic infarction.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 60: 278|284, 2020)
key words: left atrial thrombus, cardioembolic stroke, atrial fibrillation, anticoagulation

(Received: 15-Nov-19)