Title
Left atrial compression caused by hiatus hernia : a rare cause of syncope
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Leuven ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Acta clinica Belgica. - Leuven, 1946 - 1997
Volume/pages
66(2011) :6 , p. 422-425
ISSN
0001-5512
ISI
000299491100005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Symptomatic left atrial compression is a rare clinical condition presenting with heart failure, syncope or shock. A Med-line search with the term "left atrial compression" showed only 271 hits. Only 17 cases, of which 11 with hiatus hernia, of left atrial compression due to structures of the gastrointestinal tract were found. We describe a 86-year-old man suffering from repeating syncope due to left atrial compression by a hiatus hernia. This prompted us to review the few cases of atrial compression caused by gastro-intestinal structures.
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