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Pediatr Cardiol. 2013 Mar;34(3):771-3. doi: 10.1007/s00246-012-0549-4. Epub 2012 Oct 7.

A triad: cardiac rhabdomyosarcoma, stroke and tamponade.

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  • 1Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.


The case report describes a 9-year-old boy who presented with an acute cerebrovascular accident and was found to have cardiac tamponade caused by cardiac rhabdomyosarcoma. Symptoms of rhabdomyosarcoma can be indolent and nonspecific, even with metastatic disease. Echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging are explored as adjuncts to diagnosis. The radiologic features that helped with the diagnosis of this rare condition are described.

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