Giant left atrium is an uncommon pathology to encounter during bedside chest ultrasound, but is an important structure to be aware of when considering thoracentesis. This cardiac structure could easily be mistaken for loculated pleural fluid. This case also supports growing evidence that expert users can safely perform thoracentesis without completely reversing therapeutic anticoagulation.
- Giant left atrium
- Rheumatic heart disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine