Dr N Kavitha, Dr C Elavarasan


Background and objectives- Cardiac myxoma are the most common primary cardiac tumour. Mostly it is a benign tumour  and occasionally it can have malignant potential.                                         Materials and methods – A retrospective study on cardiac myxoma surgeries done in our hospital was done between August 2014 and July 2016. A total of 8 patients underwent surgery for myxoma. All were diagnosed as having cardiac myxoma  by echocardiography and all  underwent complete excision of the tumour..                                                                                                                         Results-Cardiac myxoma is a rare disease and it most commonly occurs in the 3rd to 6th decade , in the females, sporadically. Out of 8 patients operated, six were females and two were males. The mean age of the patients was 50.5years.The location of tumour was left atrium in 7 cases and right ventricle in one case. One patient expired in postoperative period. None of the 7 patients had recurrence till 6months of follow up.                                                                                   Conclusion – Simple transthoracic Echocardiography is sufficient for making the diagnosis. Complete excision of the tumour reduces the recurrence rate. There is no need for urgent intervention and elective sugery has good results.


Cardiac myxoma, Cardiac tumour, Left atrial myxoma

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