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Clin. Cardiol. 23, 702–708 (2000)

Intracardiac Masses Detected by Echocardiography: Case Presentations and Review of the Literature

Arlene Lobo, M.D., Jannet F. Lewis, M.D., C. Richard Conti, M.D.

Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Summary: Intracardiac masses are often diagnosed by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) improves overall visualization of masses, especially those located in the posterior cardiac structures. Masses in the heart are most commonly due to thrombi or valvular vegetations; however, a variety of tumors may also present as cardiac masses on echocardiography. Tumors of the heart most commonly occur in the setting of metastatic disease, usually from malignancies of the breast, lung, or from malignant melanoma. Primary cardiac tumors occur much less frequently and are usually benign. Atrial myxomas constitute nearly one-half of reported primary cardiac tumors. The following discussion details the findings of five cases that illustrate the spectrum of intracardiac tumors detected by echocardiography and reviews the relevant literature.

Key words: cardiac masses, echocardiography

Address for reprints:
Jannet F. Lewis, M.D.
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
1600 Archer Road
PO Box 100277
Gainesville, FL 32610-0277, USA

Received: April 28, 1999
Accepted with revision: September 10, 1999


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