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     It is true that the patient's clinical picture and positive blood cultures are consistent with bacterial endocarditis, and that the right atrial mass could easily represent a large vegetation. However, the homogenous and "soft" echogenic appearance, filamentous projects and varying contour are more in keeping with a large right atrial thrombus in this patient with chronic atrial fibrillation. An underlying vegetation probably served as a nidus for the thrombus but is not felt to account for the entire mass.

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