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Open Access Case report

Double auricles of the right atrium: a unique anatomic deformity

Georgios I Tagarakis1, Dimos Karangelis1*, Marios E Daskalopoulos1, Dimitrios Papadopoulos2, Theocharis Koufakis1, Ioannis Karantzis1, Stefania S Lampoura1, Serapheim Chlapoutakis1 and Nikolaos B Tsilimingas1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

2 Intensive Care Unit, General Hospital of Larissa, Larissa, Greece

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BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2011, 11:17  doi:10.1186/1471-2261-11-17

Published: 19 April 2011

Abstract

Background

Anatomic deviations, especially those detected during the course of an operation, are medically intriguing, as they raise concerns about their clinical significance and putative complications.

Case presentation

We present, to our knowledge, for the first time a case of an anatomic deviation in the form of a second right atrial auricle in a 70 year-old, coronary bypass-operated male Caucasian patient of Greek origin. No complications were noted intra-or postoperatively.

Conclusions

A second right atrial auricle was found intraoperatively, without causing any clinical complications, or obstructing the normal course of a surgical procedure.