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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 45-53

Cardiac tumors

1 Department of Cardiology, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
2 Department of Cardiology, Aviano Hospital, Pordenone, Aviano, Italy
3 Department of Radiology, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
4 Department of Cardiology, Como Hospital, Como, Italy
5 Department of Cardiology, Milano San Donato Hospital, Milano, Italy
6 Department of General Surgery and Medical.Surgery Specialities, University of Catania, Catania, Italy

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Dr. Grazia Casavecchia
Department of Cardiology, University of Foggia, Foggia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcecho.jcecho_7_19

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Cardiac tumors (CTs) are extremely rare, with an incidence of approximately 0.02% in autopsy series. Primary tumors of the heart are far less common than metastatic tumors. CTs usually present with any possible clinical combination of heart failure, arrhythmias, or embolism. Echocardiography remains the first diagnostic approach when suspecting a CT which, on the other side, frequently appears unexpectedly during an echocardiographic examination. Yet, cardiac tomography and especially magnetic resonance imaging may offer several adjunctive opportunities in the diagnosis of CTs. Early and exact diagnosis is crucial for the following therapy and outcome of CTs.

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