Prominent crista terminalis appearing as a right atrial mass on transthorasic echocardiogram

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The crista terminalis is a fibromuscular ridge formed by the junction of the sinus venosus and primitive right atrium. In these case reports, transthoracic echocardiography suggested the presence of a right atrial mass. However, subsequent transesophageal echocardiography revealed that the “right atrial mass” was actually a prominent crista terminalis. An understanding of the anatomy and the echocardiographic appearance of a prominent crista terminalis will minimize the misdiagnosis of this structure.


Cardiovascular Diseases | Cardiovascular System | Diagnosis | Medicine and Health Sciences


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