Cardiac myxomas - Surgical experience with a multi-faceted tumor

E. Milgalter, H. Lotan, L. Schuger, Y. Ben-Horin, G. Uretzky, A. Appelbaum, J. B. Borman

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    Eleven patients underwent surgery for cardiac myxomas during an 11-year period. There were 7 females and 4 males, ranging in age from 21-75 (mean 55) years. Presenting symptoms were quite variable: paroxysmal shortness of breath (5), stroke (4), peripheral emboli (2), pulmonary emboli (2), palpitations (2) and fever of unknown origin (1). Diagnosis was made by angiography in 3 cases, echocardiography in 7 and intraoperatively in 1. Seven of the tumors were in the left atrium, two in the right atrium and 2 in the left ventricle. In two patients the tumor recurred. One patient died of a recurrent diffusely invading myxoma of the left ventricle. Ten patients are alive 1-10 years postoperatively (mean 6 years).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-118
    Number of pages4
    JournalThoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 1987

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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