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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1

Multimodality imaging of a cardiac angiosarcoma

1 The Heart Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA
2 Hospital Universitario Pedro Ernesto, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 Department of Pathology, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA
4 Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Western Galilee Hospital, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Correspondence Address:
Robert James Siegel
The Heart Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, 127 S. San Vicente Boulevard, Suite A3600, Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.5812/acvi.20252

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Introduction: While primary malignant tumors of the heart are rare, angiosarcomas are the most common cardiac malignant tumors. Case Presentation: We describe a 23-year-old woman who presented with a right atrial mass, which was discovered to be a cardiac angiosarcoma. We demonstrate the use of several noninvasive imaging modalities along with pathology confirmation for the definitive and comprehensive diagnosis of a cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare entity by itself. Conclusions: With the increasing availability of noninvasive imaging techniques, the diagnosis of angiosarcomas can be made at earlier stages. If angiosarcomas are left untreated, their prognosis is very poor. Therapeutic options include surgical excision, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and heart transplantation or a combination of these.

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