Scientific article
Case report
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Unusual origin and rare presentation of primary cardiac lymphoma

Published inTexas Heart Institute journal, vol. 38, no. 4, p. 415-417
Publication date2011

Non-Hodgkin lymphoblastic lymphomas are very uncommon tumors that rarely involve the heart; however, when they do, they typically cause cardiac symptoms. Herein, we describe the case of a young woman who presented with respiratory symptoms. These were caused by a high-grade lymphoblastic lymphoma, which originated in the left inferior pulmonary vein and extended into the left atrium. The tumor was surgically debulked, but it recurred in 1 month, and the patient underwent chemotherapy. Six months later, she had recurrent respiratory symptoms, and echocardiography revealed a persistent mass in the left lower lobar vein. A modified chemotherapy regimen led to complete resolution of the tumor within 2 months. We are unaware of other reports of a primary cardiac non-Hodgkin lymphoblastic lymphoma with this unusual site of origin and rare manifestation of symptoms.

  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
  • Biopsy
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Dyspnea/etiology
  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal
  • Female
  • Heart Atria/pathology
  • Heart Neoplasms/complications/pathology/therapy
  • Humans
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
  • Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma/complications/pathology/therapy
  • Pulmonary Veins/pathology
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Neoplasms/complications/pathology/therapy
Citation (ISO format)
MOHAMED, Amir et al. Unusual origin and rare presentation of primary cardiac lymphoma. In: Texas Heart Institute journal, 2011, vol. 38, n° 4, p. 415–417.
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ISSN of the journal0730-2347

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