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Tex Heart Inst J. 2008;35(1):69-72.

Resection of a left atrial hemangioma. Report of a case and overview of the literature on resected cardiac hemangiomas.

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  • 1Service of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín, 35010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.


We present the case of a 76-year-old woman who presented with dyspnea on exertion. Echocardiography revealed a mass located in the left atrium in proximity to the posterior leaflet of the mitral valve. The mass was successfully excised under cardiopulmonary bypass. Histopathologic analysis showed a capillary hemangioma. Twenty-five months after surgery, the patient remained asymptomatic, and her echocardiogram was normal. Herein, we discuss the histopathology and the clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic aspects of hemangiomas. We include a selected overview of the literature on surgically treated patients.


Endothelium, vascular; heart atria/pathology/surgery; heart neoplasms/surgery; hemangioendothelioma, epithelioid; hemangioma, capillary/surgery; mitral valve

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