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Can J Cardiol. 2007 Mar 15;23(4):301-2.

Surgical approach to cardiac papillary fibroelastomas.

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  • 1Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ontario.


The routine use of echocardiography has led to an increase in the diagnosis of cardiac papillary fibroelastomas. From 1990 to 2004, 10 cases of papillary fibroelastoma were observed, nine of which underwent successful surgical excision with valve repair or replacement and without major complications. One patient presented with an asynchronous lesion requiring repeat excision. Surgical excision of papillary fibroelastomas is safe and curative, and carries minimal morbidity. A review of the current literature suggests that symptomatic cardiac papillary fibroelastomas should be surgically removed, whereas asymptomatic lesions that are left-sided, large (larger than 1 cm) or mobile should be considered for surgical excision.

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