Electronic ISSN 2287-0237

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THE COUMADIN RIDGE: WHY DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT?

FEBRUARY 2015 - VOL.9 | MEDICAL IMAGES

Coumadin or Warfarin ridge is so named for its band-like structure that originates in the left atrium and is almost always misdiagnosed as a cardiac tumor or a cardiac thrombus. This article will detail the important information of the coumadin ridge and demonstrate its structure and location with the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) .

Keywords:

ridge , left lateral ridge , left atrial appendage clot , left superior pulmonary vein , MRI

MEDIA
(A) The CINE MRI image on vertical long axis view shows the band-like structure of coumadin ridge in the LA in between the LAA mouth and emptying port of the LSPV. (B) The CINE MRI image on vertical long axis view shows a bulbous protrusion at the tip of coumadin ridge in the dilated, dense smoke left atrium. (C) The CINE MRI image on vertical long axis view shows LAA clot. (D) The CINE MRI image on vertical long axis view shows the left atrial myxoma that obstructs the mitral inflow.
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