Primary left ventricular leiomyosarcoma: a case report

Vipin Balachandran, Vanessa Young, Tina Baillie, Allen James

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Cardiac leiomyosarcomas are a rare subset of the already infrequent, primary malignant cardiac neoplasia spectrum. The most common site for a primary leiomyosarcoma of the ventricle is on the right with fewer than five globally reported cases in the left ventricle. Most present with non-specific symptoms but attention is usually sought after the appearance of compressive symptoms or arrhythmias. We present a case of a left ventricular leiomyosarcoma in a 50-year old female patient that had a delayed diagnosis and its subsequent surgical resection and oncological management with docetaxel and gemcitabine. This case highlights the need for a high index of suspicion for cardiac masses especially if there are competing chronic diseases with similar symptomatology. Given the rare presentation of left ventricular leiomyosarcomas, case reports may provide valuable information that is otherwise unavailable.
Original languageEnglish
Article number168
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Early online date2 Apr 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Apr 2024
Externally publishedYes


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