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Left Atrial Calcification
Gerald F. Abbott, MD, FACR; Brett W. Carter, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Clinical Issues

          • Diagnostic Checklist

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Abbreviations

              • Rheumatic heart disease (RHD)
            • Synonyms

              • Coconut or porcelain atrium
            • Definitions

              • MacCallum patch: Focal calcification along posterior left atrial wall in RHD

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • Radiographic Findings

                • CT Findings

                  • Imaging Recommendations

                    DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                      PATHOLOGY

                      • General Features

                        CLINICAL ISSUES

                        • Presentation

                          • Demographics

                            • Natural History & Prognosis

                              • Treatment

                                DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                • Consider

                                  Selected References

                                  1. Ferguson EC et al: Cardiac and pericardial calcifications on chest radiographs. Clin Radiol. 65(9):685-94, 2010
                                  2. Lee VS et al: Atypical and unusual calcifications of the heart and great vessels: imaging findings. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 163(6):1349-55, 1994
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                                  KEY FACTS

                                  • Terminology

                                    • Imaging

                                      • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                        • Clinical Issues

                                          • Diagnostic Checklist

                                            TERMINOLOGY

                                            • Abbreviations

                                              • Rheumatic heart disease (RHD)
                                            • Synonyms

                                              • Coconut or porcelain atrium
                                            • Definitions

                                              • MacCallum patch: Focal calcification along posterior left atrial wall in RHD

                                            IMAGING

                                            • General Features

                                              • Radiographic Findings

                                                • CT Findings

                                                  • Imaging Recommendations

                                                    DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                      PATHOLOGY

                                                      • General Features

                                                        CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                        • Presentation

                                                          • Demographics

                                                            • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                              • Treatment

                                                                DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                • Consider

                                                                  Selected References

                                                                  1. Ferguson EC et al: Cardiac and pericardial calcifications on chest radiographs. Clin Radiol. 65(9):685-94, 2010
                                                                  2. Lee VS et al: Atypical and unusual calcifications of the heart and great vessels: imaging findings. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 163(6):1349-55, 1994