Cardiac inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor: does it recur after complete surgical resection in an adult?

Institute of Geriatric Cardiology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, People's Republic of China. .
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Impact Factor: 1.03). 05/2012; 7(1):44. DOI: 10.1186/1749-8090-7-44
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Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor is currently considered to be a low-grade neoplasm, and it rarely involves the heart. We reported a rare case of a 59-year-old female who received cardiac surgery for complete resection of inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor in the left atrium. Five months after surgery, the patient presented with acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema and subsequent sudden death due to a left atrial tumor which protruded into the left ventricle through mitral annulus during diastole. The recurrence of inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor in the left atrium was strongly suggested clinically.

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