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Congenital Absence of Left Atrial Appendage

Isolated absence of left atrial appendage is a very rare entity and is usually encountered as an incidental finding during routine imaging for other purposes. Lately, with increasing fund of knowledge about its potential role in cardio embolic phenomena, we have seen an increased trend in the use different techniques to exclude left atrial appendage from main left atrial chamber, in an effort to alleviate the stroke risk and therefore the need for long term anticoagulation. Clinical implications of absent left atrial appendage in such patients remains a mystery.

Credits: Tawseef Dar1 MD, Bharat Yarlagadda1 MD, Vijendra Swarup2 MD, FACC, FHRS, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy1MD, FACC, FHRS.

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