Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Chin Med J (Engl). 2012 Dec;125(24):4514-6.

Cystic tumour of the atrioventricular node: a case report and review of the literature.

Author information

  • 1Department of Pathology, Affiliated Hospital of Dali University, Dali, Yunnan, China.


Cystic tumour of the atrioventricular node is a rare primary cardiac tumour that can cause complete heart block and sudden death. Here, we describe a male case aged 42 years who suddenly died without a medical and family history of cardiac illnesses. After detailed macroscopic and microscopic examinations, a cystic mass was found in the atrioventricular nodal region. The small lesion was less than 1 cm in diameter, and consisted of small and large cystic spaces and tubular structures lined by flat, cuboidal or squamous epithelium. Immunohistochemical staining revealed the tumour epithelium positive for epithelial membrane antigen, carcinoembryonic antigen, antigen epitopes AE1/AE3, cytokeratins CK5/6 and CK7, but negative for calretinin, HBME-1, Wilms' tumor 1, factor VIII, chromogranin, synaptophysin or smooth muscle actin, suggesting an endodermal rather than mesothelial origin.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Medknow Publications and Media Pvt Ltd
    Loading ...
    Support Center