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Intracardiac blood cysts (ICBC) are cardiac pseudoneoplasm commonly seen in infants below two months of age. ICBC typically resolve spontaneously; however, they can sometimes persist in adults and can cause detrimental consequences. A 47-year-old female presented to our facility with complaints of chest pain and was found to have an incidental subvalvular chordal mitral apparatus echolucent mass on transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). A stress echocardiography was performed, which revealed transient left ventricle outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction in the absence of anginal symptoms. A cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed no evidence of increased mass enhancement confirming the diagnosis of a benign blood cyst of mitral apparatus. The cyst was treated conservatively with carvedilol to prevent worsening of exertional LVOT obstruction. A follow-up study done at six months showed stable exertional hemodynamics. There is no general consensus while managing ICBC. In asymptomatic, non-surgical patients stress echocardiography can offer valuable information by assessing the hemodynamic implications resulting from the cyst.


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