Primary cardiac lymphoma causing right atrial occlusion

M. Cikirikcioglu, V. C. Keil, S. M. Cherian, T. Theologou, P. Merlani, H. Muller, M. J. Licker, A. Kalangos

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Primary cardiac lymphomas (PCL) are extremely rare, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is a highly aggressive subtype. We report a case that was initially diagnosed as chronic right heart dysfunction. Detailed investigations revealed a large lobulated tumour occluding the right atrium, infiltrating the inter-atrial septum, the roof of the left atrium, and the aortic root. Despite adequate surgical debulking and initial successful tricuspid annuloplasty, the patient succumbed to multi-organ failure. Pathological analysis of the resected tumour confirmed a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with a proliferation rate of 100 %. What is unique about this case is the size of this rare cardiac tumour, which we believe to be one of the largest described in the literature for a purely intra-cardiac PCL, its aggressive growth rate, and the relatively mild symptomatology until a late stage of the disease. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart - New York.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-175
Number of pages3
JournalThe thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aged
  • Female
  • Heart Atria/pathology
  • Heart Neoplasms/surgery
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse/surgery
  • Treatment Outcome

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