Surgical treatment of a cavernous haemangioma of the heart.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Cardiac haemangioma is an extremely rare, benign vascular tumour. A 42-year-old female patient who was previously very active presented with complaints of exertional chest pain as well as lower extremity oedema. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging showed a large mass in the anterior mediastinum originating from the right atrioventricular groove and abutting the superior vena cava, right atrium, right ventricular outflow tract and aortic root. Open biopsy via right mini-thoracotomy revealed cavernous haemangioma. After the biopsy, the patient was treated with three doses of bevacizumab but symptoms worsened and the mass did not regress. Therefore, the patient underwent median sternotomy and resection of the large tumour that encroached upon the right coronary artery. Final histopathological examination revealed cavernous haemangioma. The patient made an uneventful recovery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chen, X; Lodge, AJ; Dibernardo, LR; Milano, CA

Published Date

  • May 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1182 - 1183

PubMed ID

  • 22219444

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-734X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/ejcts/ezr153


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany