Emergency department diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension in
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Pulmonary hypertension is a disease with many etiologies. We report the case of a previously healthy 58-year-old woman who presented to the emergency department with a months-long history of worsening dyspnea on exertion, orthopnea, and paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea. Despite the severity of her symptoms, she had no corroborative physical exam findings, including jugular venous distension or peripheral edema. Bedside emergency department ultrasonography revealed a dilated right ventricle and bowing of the intraventricular septum into the left ventricle, consistent with pulmonary hypertension. CT angiography of the chest performed in the emergency department revealed a large left atrial mass, found on pathology to be a left atrial sarcoma...

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