Nausea and vomiting masquerading heart cancer

Joshua S. Shapiro, Vlad C. Vasile, Kyle W. Klarich, Hartzell V. Schaff


Primary cardiac tumors are extremely rare, although only 20% are malignant. Of the malignant tumors, sarcomas are the mostcommon type and usually present with signs and symptoms of pericardial effusion or tamponade, including dyspnea, chestpain, or syncope. We present the case of a woman with nausea, vomiting, and epigastric pain who eventually received thediagnosis of a large cardiac angiosarcoma. To our knowledge, no case reports have described patients with primary cardiac tumorspresenting with nausea and vomiting without cardiac symptoms. Our patient was treated with open heart resection of the tumorand reconstruction of the right atrium with bovine pericardium. This case highlights an atypical presentation of this rare conditionand shows the current optimal management.

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Journal of Solid Tumors

ISSN 1925-4067(Print)   ISSN 1925-4075(Online)

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