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An opened left atrium is visible. Inside there is a huge thrombus stuck to the atrial wall.
Diagnosis: Large atrial thrombus
- Virchow’s triad
- Endothelial damage
- Abnormal blood flow
- Especially atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation causes turbulence inside the atria, which promotes thrombus formation.
A thrombus in the atria can either obstruct the mitral valve or become a systemic embolus.
Thrombus formation in the atria isn’t too common, it’s more commonly found in the auricle.