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Arch Cardiol Mex. 2011 Oct-Dec;81(4):313-6.

[Rabdomiosarcoma primario de corazón como causa de síncope recurrente en el adulto].

[Article in Spanish]

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UCSD Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla CA, and Universidad de Santander, UDES, Bucaramanga, Colombia.


Primary or secondary neoplasms can affect the heart. Secondary are more common. However, primary neoplasms are relevant because is a group with diverse genesis, behavior, treatment and clinical manifestations. We present a case of a 45 year-old woman, with recurrent syncope started 1 year before her first consult. She had palpitations and chest pain. Echocardiography identified a left atrium mass of 2.1x1.8 cm. Endomyocardial biopsy document a primary rhabdomyosarcoma of the heart. The patient dies after a overall-survival of 22 months. This case presented had a good study of its symptoms with an accurate diagnosis and early treatment, which provided prolonged survival of this rare and aggressive neoplasm.

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