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Successful surgical excision of a large left ventricular fibroma in a child

  • Marta T. António (a1), Andrew J. Powell (a2) and Pedro J. del Nido (a3)

Abstract

Primary cardiac tumours in children are rare. Despite the majority of these tumours being benign, they may cause blood flow obstruction, ventricular dysfunction, and life-threatening arrhythmias. We present a case of a 4-year-old boy with repeated presyncope episodes in whom we found a large left ventricular fibroma. Our case emphasises that surgical resection is safely feasible even with large fibromas, avoiding cardiac transplantation in childhood.

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Correspondence to: M. T. António, Serviço de Cardiologia, Hospital Pediátrico de Coimbra – CHC, EPE, Avenida Bissaya Barreto, 3000-076 Coimbra, Portugal. Tel: 00351 239480364; Fax: 00351 239717216; E-mail: marta.antonio@gmail.com

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