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Heart Lung Circ. 2007 Apr;16(2):116-7. Epub 2007 Feb 20.

A rare intracardiac mass: cardiac paraganglioma.

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  • 1Gazi University Medical Faculty, Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Ankara, Turkey. yimren@gazi.edu.tr


It is very rare for heart tissue to give rise to a primary paraganglioma. Here, we report the observation of such a tumour in a 34-year-old woman who presented with symptoms of pulmonary venous congestion. The findings from echocardiography were consistent with the diagnosis of a myxoma that was partially occluding the left atrium. Surgery was performed in which a large (6 cm x 5 cm x 3 cm), non-lobulated solid tumour was resected from the posterior wall of the atrium. Upon histologic evaluation, this was determined to be a cardiac paraganglioma.

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