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Tumours of the heart 

Tumours of the heart

Chapter:
Tumours of the heart
Author(s):

Thomas A. Traill

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1610_update_001

Update:

March 2014 – chapter reviewed; no significant changes required.

Updated on 27 Nov 2014. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 27 June 2017

Cardiac myxomas are rare benign tumours that grow in the lumen of the atria, usually the left. Most are sporadic, but they can be associated with the Carney complex, where unusual freckling is typically the most obvious clinical clue.

Symptoms and signs most commonly mimic those of mitral stenosis. Systemic emboli occur in about 40% of cases. Constitutional effects predominate in a few patients who present with what seems to be an obscure multisystem disorder. In many patients, specific cardiovascular signs are inconspicuous or absent: an audible ‘tumour plop’ in early diastole, analogous to a mitral opening snap, is often reported only after the diagnosis is established....

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