Tamponade as the clinical onset of a cardiac angiosarcoma.
ABSTRACT Primary tumors of the heart are usually benign, with the malignant forms being rare. In this article we report the case of an angiosarcoma with the only manifestation being a cardiac tamponade. When the patient being admitted to the hospital, an important differential diagnosis was pulmonary tumor. A mass in the right atrium was later detected in the echocardiogram. Further image studies, such as MRI, showed spectacular images of this mass suggestive of neoplasm. An intra-operatory biopsy diagnosed the mass as an angiosarcoma. Since there was no evidence of primary neoplasm in other studies carried out, the neoformation was diagnosed as a primary angiosarcoma. Surgery was carried out with a survival of only 13 months after the procedure. We also use this case to make a brief review of the primary tumors of the heart, especially angiosarcomas.