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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Print version ISSN 0102-7638On-line version ISSN 1678-9741
IGLEZIAS, José Carlos R. et al. Right atrial angiosarcoma. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2000, vol.15, n.2, pp.186-191. ISSN 0102-7638. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-76382000000200013.
A 19 years-old-female with primary right atrial angiosarcoma partially obstructing the tricuspid valve, developed severe hypoxemia due-to-right to left shunting through a patent foramen ovale. This is the first report of such a clinical situation with this type of tumor. A complete resection of the tumor was attempted, and the right atrium had to be rebuilt with a bovine pericardial patch. Postoperative cranial, thoracic and abdominal CT scans and bone scintigraphy did not show metastatic spread. Chest radiation therapy was started on the third postoperative week. Chemotherapy was not used. The patient died a few months after surgery due to disseminated metastatic disease but no evidence of the tumor was found in the necroscopic study of the heart.
Keywords : Hemangiosarcoma [surgery]; Heart neoplasms [surgery]; Heart atrium [surgery].