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- Received May 22, 1984
- Revision received September 4, 1984
- Accepted November 15, 1984
- Published online April 1, 1985.
- Rick A. Nishimura, MD*,1,
- A. Jamil Tajik, MD, FACC1,
- Thomas T. Schattenberg, MD1 and
- James B. Seward, MD, FACC1
- ↵*Address for reprints: Rick A. Nishimura, MD, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55905.
Two-dimensional echocardiography has become the diagnostic method of choice for identifying intracardiac masses. However, adjacent extracardiac structures may closely mimic intracardiac masses on the two-dimensional echocardiogram. Five cases of a previously unrecognized phenomenon in which a diaphragmatic hernia mimicked an intraatrial mass are reported. Techniques to identify a diaphragmatic hernia properly on two-dimensional echocardiographic examination and distinguish it from intracardiac masses are discussed.
- Received May 22, 1984.
- Revision received September 4, 1984.
- Accepted November 15, 1984.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation