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Case report
Heart failure caused by cardiac rhabdomyosarcoma

Miodrag Damjanovic, Danijela Djordjevic-Radojkovic, Zoran Perisic, Svetlana Apostolovic, Goran Koracevic, Miloje Tomasevic, Ruzica Jankovic
Kardiol Pol 2008;66(11):1207-1209.

open access

Vol 66, No 11 (2008)
Other
Published online: 2008-11-27
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract

Rhabdomyosarcoma accounts for 20% of primary malignant cardiac tumours. We describe a woman with cardiac rhabdomyosarcoma. She had loss of appetite, loss of weight, and symptoms of heart failure. A mobile tumour in the left atrium, entering the left ventricle during diastole, was detected by transthoracic echocardiography. The tumour was removed surgically in total; histological diagnosis was rhabdomyosarcoma; however, the patient died after 6 months. In conclusion, primary malignant cardiac tumours can simulate heart failure or systemic disorders. Cardiac rhabdomyosarcomas have a poor prognosis with average survival of 6 months after diagnosis.

Abstract

Rhabdomyosarcoma accounts for 20% of primary malignant cardiac tumours. We describe a woman with cardiac rhabdomyosarcoma. She had loss of appetite, loss of weight, and symptoms of heart failure. A mobile tumour in the left atrium, entering the left ventricle during diastole, was detected by transthoracic echocardiography. The tumour was removed surgically in total; histological diagnosis was rhabdomyosarcoma; however, the patient died after 6 months. In conclusion, primary malignant cardiac tumours can simulate heart failure or systemic disorders. Cardiac rhabdomyosarcomas have a poor prognosis with average survival of 6 months after diagnosis.
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Keywords

cardiac neoplasms; rhabdomyosarcoma; heart failure; echocardiography; treatment outcome

About this article
Title

Case report
Heart failure caused by cardiac rhabdomyosarcoma

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 66, No 11 (2008)

Pages

1207-1209

Published online

2008-11-27

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2008;66(11):1207-1209.

Keywords

cardiac neoplasms
rhabdomyosarcoma
heart failure
echocardiography
treatment outcome

Authors

Miodrag Damjanovic
Danijela Djordjevic-Radojkovic
Zoran Perisic
Svetlana Apostolovic
Goran Koracevic
Miloje Tomasevic
Ruzica Jankovic

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