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Papillary fibroelastoma of the left atrial wall: a case report

Bicer, Murat
Muller, Hajo
Published in Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2009, vol. 4, 28
Abstract Cardiac papillary fibroelastoma is a rare, benign cardiac tumor. It often arises from valvular endocardium, and non-valvular endocardial location is rare. Although transthoracic echocardiography is usually sufficient for the diagnosis of most cardiac tumors, small tumors such as papillary fibroelastoma may be missed. Transesophageal echocardiography is superior to transthoracic echocardiography in diagnosing these tumors. Despite their benign histology, and independent of their size, they should be resected surgically because of their high potential for embolization. In this report, we present a case of papillary fibroelastoma located on the left atrial wall, presenting with symptoms of cerebral ischemia. The patient was treated surgically for the prevention of further embolic complications. Pertinent literature is also reviewed for this rare and benign cardiac tumor.
Keywords AgedBrain Ischemia/*etiologyEchocardiography, TransesophagealFibroma/*complications/diagnosis/*surgeryHeart Atria/pathology/surgery/ultrasonographyHeart Neoplasms/*complications/diagnosis/*surgeryHumansMale
PMID: 19570232
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Research group Chirurgie cardio-vasculaire (105)
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BICER, Murat et al. Papillary fibroelastoma of the left atrial wall: a case report. In: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2009, vol. 4, p. 28. doi: 10.1186/1749-8090-4-28 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:19500

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