Primary Cardiac Sarcoma Remission after Surgery: 5-Years Follow-up: Case Report

  • Melike Elif Teker Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Biruni University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Önder Teskin Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Biruni University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey


Background: Primary cardiac sarcoma is a rare and atypical clinical entity. We present a patient with long-term remission after primary cardiac sarcoma resection.

Case Report: A 42-year-old previously healthy female presented to the emergency department after an effort-induced 30-minute episode of chest pain and extreme shortness of breath. Physical examination upon admission was remarkable for a pulse of 99/minute; blood pressure was 101/73 mmHg. Transthoracic echocardiography showed a mass measuring 5.5 × 5.6 cm extending from the left septum to the mitral valve anterior leaflet. A multilobulated broad-based 5.5 × 5.6 × 4 cm3 mass invading a large portion of the left septum to the mitral valve anterior leaflet was completely excised in the open heart surgery. Chemotherapy regimen (paclitaxel 175 mg/m2/day on day 1, every 21 days) was started after operation. Full remission was provided. Metastasis and recurrence have not been observed for 5 years of follow-up by PET. We observed during 5 years and used a PET. And the finally we did not see metastasis at the 5 years of follow-up.

Conclusions: We strongly recommend that a patient-specific multidisciplinary approach involving radical resection, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy in these cases results in patient survival and a significant improvement in quality of life. We also think that it is necessary to perform MRI to exclude other illnesses that are considered to be a myxoma.

Author Biography

Melike Elif Teker, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Biruni University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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