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Chest. 2000 Oct;118(4):1217-21.

Cardiac rhabdomyoma in an adult patient presenting with ventricular arrhythmia.

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Division of Cardiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.


Cardiac rhabdomyomas are extremely uncommon in the adult patient. We describe a previously healthy man who presented with ventricular arrhythmias resulting from a right ventricular, cardiac rhabdomyoma. Echocardiography, CT scanning, and MRI are recognized as useful diagnostic modalities for intracardiac lesions. Cardiac catheterization in our patient demonstrated the presence of a tumor blush. This has not previously been reported with cardiac rhabdomyomas. Although lesions may spontaneously regress, surgery is often necessary and frequently resolves the underlying arrhythmia.

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