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Schröder S., Walker T. *, Greschniok A. **, Herdeg C., Karsch K. R., Ziemer G. *
From the Department of Internal Medicine Division of Cardiology
*Department of Surgery Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
**Department of Pathology University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Primary cardiac tumours are rare findings (incidence 0.02% according to a recent meta-analysis) with dismal prognosis. Approximately 25% are malignant, mostly represented by sarcomas. Among these, leiomyosarcomas are exceptional. Treatment for primary cardiac leiomyosarcomas consists of radical surgical resection followed by adjuvant radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. The mean survival after surgery and adjuvant therapies is 6.8 months. We present a rare case of a 40- year-old male patient with a primary cardiac leiomysarcoma originating from the pulmonary valve. This patient died after surgery and implantation of a homograft of the pulmonary trunk. Furthermore, the literature has been reviewed.