ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Intracardiac tumors: results from a single heart center
İhsan Alur, Tevfik Güneş, Ali Vefa Özcan, İbrahim Gökşin, Gökhan Önem, Bilgin Emrecan
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Faculty of Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2016.12631
Background: This study aims to present the results of surgical treatment of intracardiac tumors in our cardiac surgery center.

Methods: Data of 21 patients with intracardiac tumors (15 males, 6 females; median age 60.9 years; range 35 to 87 years) who underwent surgery between April 2006 and May 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were diagnosed preoperatively by transthoracic echocardiography and computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging.

Results: The mean follow-up was 27.85 months. Of 21 patients, 12 had benign tumors and nine had malignant tumors. Of the benign tumors, nine were myxomas, one was an intramuscular lipoma, one was an interatrial septal lipoma, and one was a papillary fibroelastoma. Of the malignant tumors, eight were metastatic tumors and one was a primary tumor. Median sternotomy was performed in all patients to access the heart. Thrombi due to a cardiac mass were detected intraoperatively in some patients.

Conclusion: Our study results suggest a high-degree of diagnostic confusion between intracardiac thrombi and tumors. Therefore, metastatic cardiac tumors should be considered in patients with pleural or pericardial effusion of no other identified cause.

Keywords : Cardiac tumor; metastasis; primary; surgery
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