Primary cardiac angiosarcoma: A case report

Nóra Ambrus, Kálmán Havasi, Anita Kalapos, László Sághy, Attila Makai, G. Bogáts, Z. Hegedűs, B. Iványi, Zsuzsanna Besenyi, Zsuzsanna Pápai, László Nagy, T. Forster, Attila Nemes

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Abstract

Cardiac angiosarcomas are the most common primary malignant cardiac tumors in adults. The diagnosis is often delayed due to nonspecific clinical symptoms at presentation. The cornerstones of diagnosis are echocardiography and the histological evaluation of the cardiac biopsy. The knowledge on the treatment is limited; the outcomes of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, complete surgical removal, and heart transplantation are controversial. We report a 38-year-old woman with a primary heart tumor which infiltrated the right atrial wall and the pericardium and caused pericardial effusion. Angiosarcoma was verified histologically. The surgical excision could not be radical, and the patient died 3 months from diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
JournalEchocardiography
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2018

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Keywords

  • angiosarcoma
  • cardiac tumor
  • echocardiography
  • pericardial effusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Ambrus, N., Havasi, K., Kalapos, A., Sághy, L., Makai, A., Bogáts, G., Hegedűs, Z., Iványi, B., Besenyi, Z., Pápai, Z., Nagy, L., Forster, T., & Nemes, A. (2018). Primary cardiac angiosarcoma: A case report. Echocardiography, 35(2), 267-271. https://doi.org/10.1111/echo.13808