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Pediatr Cardiol. 2004 May-Jun;25(3):252-73.

Fetal and neonatal cardiac tumors.

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Department of Pathology, Children's Hospital San Diego, 3020 Children's Way, MC 5007, San Diego, CA 92123, USA.


Primary tumors of the heart are uncommon in the fetus and neonate. Nevertheless, the widespread use of new imaging techniques has contributed significantly to earlier diagnosis, treatment, and thus improved survival. The clinical findings, imaging studies, pathology, and outcome of 224 fetuses and neonates with cardiac tumors collected from the literature are evaluated and discussed. Most tumors are benign, and of these rhabdomyoma is the most common, followed by teratoma, fibroma, oncocytic cardiomyopathy, vascular tumors, and myxoma. Malignant and metastatic tumors are described but are rare. Murmurs, arrhythmias, cyanosis, respiratory distress, and cardiac failure are the main presenting signs of cardiac tumors in the perinatal period. Disturbances in hemodynamic function are correlated with the size and location of the tumor. Cardiac vascular tumors have the best outcome, whereas malignant tumors have the worst. The purpose of this review is to concentrate on the fetus and neonate in an attempt to determine the various ways cardiac tumors differ clinically and morphologically in this age group from those occurring in older children and adults and to show that certain types of tumors have a better prognosis than others.

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