Resection of a Large Atrial Hemangioma Using a Bloodless Surgical Technique: A Case Report


  • Dapeng Fan
  • Charles Yarnall
  • John L. Parmet
  • Robert B. Norris
  • Alice B. Isidro
  • Mary B. Maher
  • Charles R. Bridges



We present a biatrial hemangioma in a Jehovah's Witness patient. Hemangioma is extremely rare, accounting for 1% to 2% of benign cardiac tumors. Complete resection of a large hemangioma is mandatory due to its potentially life-threatening risk. In Jehovah's Witness patients, it is necessary to employ bloodless surgery protocols to maximize the patient's outcome. Our patient had undergone 6 weeks of monitoring and erythropoietin therapy prior to surgery, raising her hemoglobin level from 11.6 g/dL to 16.8 g/dL. Intraoperative bloodless surgical protocols as well as a continuous blood circuit were utilized. The patient's hemoglobin level on postoperative day one was 14.5 g/dL; one year postsurgery, the patient was symptom free.


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Fan, D., Yarnall, C., Parmet, J. L., Norris, R. B., Isidro, A. B., Maher, M. B., & Bridges, C. R. (2007). Resection of a Large Atrial Hemangioma Using a Bloodless Surgical Technique: A Case Report. The Heart Surgery Forum, 10(1), E87-E89.