Primary tumors of the heart: A rewarding challenge

J. Melo, A. Ahmad, R. Chapman, J. Wood, Albert Starr

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During a 10-year period 21 patients were treated for tumors of the heart, including 19 myxomas, one fibroma, and one sarcoma. The latter two cases are presented separately, and the 19 myxomas are analyzed together. An unusual association of left-sided myxoma with mitral valve abnormalities was found. In the surgical group (18 patients) there were no deaths and one case of postoperative cerebrovascular accident (CVA) with residual sequelae during a mean follow-up of 55 months. The results show the good prognosis of patients operated upon for myxomas of the heart and that there is no need for routine full-thickness excision of the septum in its treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-683
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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Melo, J., Ahmad, A., Chapman, R., Wood, J., & Starr, A. (1979). Primary tumors of the heart: A rewarding challenge. American Surgeon, 45(11), 681-683.