Calcified amorphous tumor: A rare cause of central retinal artery occlusion

Jeffrey H. Ma, Manjot K. Gill*

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Purpose: We report the case of a central retinal artery occlusion secondary to presumed embolus from a calcified amorphous tumor of the heart, a very rare non-neoplastic cardiac mass. Observations: A 60-year-old female presented with acute unilateral vision loss of the left eye. Examination revealed hand motion visual acuity of the left eye and a left relative afferent pupillary defect. Fundoscopy showed whitening of the macula with a cherry red spot, consistent with a central retinal artery occlusion. Initial workup was unremarkable, including hypercoagulability labs, magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, and magnetic resonance angiography of the head and neck. Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) showed calcification of the mitral valve but no masses. Subsequently, transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) was performed, which revealed a mobile calcified amorphous tumor of the heart. Conclusions: Calcified amorphous tumor of the heart is a very rare cardiac mass that may cause retinal artery occlusion. TEE is a more sensitive imaging modality to assess for potential cardio-embolic sources if TTE is unrevealing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-27
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Calcified amorphous tumor
  • Central retinal artery occlusion
  • Mitral annular calcification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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