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American Journal of Dermatopathology:
doi: 10.1097/DAD.0b013e318247f027
Extraordinary Case Report

Cutaneous Emboli of Atrial Myxoma: Unusual Case Report and Review of the Literature

Alonso de Celada, Ricardo M. MD*; Maldonado Cid, Paola MD*; Beato, María J. MD; Herranz Pinto, Pedro MD*

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Abstract: Cardiac myxomas are difficult to diagnose, not only because of a lack of specific systemic symptoms but also because, even in those cases presenting with embolic disease, emboli are exceptional. The skin is one of the organa most frequently involved by myxomatous emboli. We report an extraordinary case in which emboli of a cardiac myxoma was present in the skin biopsy, but “camouflaged” among the normal Vater–Pacini corpuscles of the palm of the hand, We also review the existing literature on myxomatous emboli identified in skin biopsies.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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