Scientific article
Case report

Primary cardiac lymphoma causing right atrial occlusion

Published inThe thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, vol. 59, no. 3, p. 173-175
Publication date2011

Primary cardiac lymphomas (PCL) are extremely rare, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is a highly aggressive subtype. We report a case that was initially diagnosed as chronic right heart dysfunction. Detailed investigations revealed a large lobulated tumour occluding the right atrium, infiltrating the inter-atrial septum, the roof of the left atrium, and the aortic root. Despite adequate surgical debulking and initial successful tricuspid annuloplasty, the patient succumbed to multi-organ failure. Pathological analysis of the resected tumour confirmed a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with a proliferation rate of 100%. What is unique about this case is the size of this rare cardiac tumour, which we believe to be one of the largest described in the literature for a purely intra-cardiac PCL, its aggressive growth rate, and the relatively mild symptomatology until a late stage of the disease.

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Heart Atria/pathology/surgery
  • Heart Neoplasms/surgery
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse/surgery
  • Treatment Outcome
Citation (ISO format)
CIKIRIKCIOGLU, Mustafa et al. Primary cardiac lymphoma causing right atrial occlusion. In: The thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, 2011, vol. 59, n° 3, p. 173–175. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1250342
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ISSN of the journal0171-6425

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