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Chirurgia 2006 April;19(2):165-7

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Papillary fibroelastoma on the aortic valve. Report of a case

Chou H.-T. 1, Lin C.-H. 1, Lee C.-C. 2, Hung C.-R. 1

1 Division of Vascular Surgery Department of Surgery Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital Taipei, Taiwan
2 Department of Pathology Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital Taipei, Taiwan


Although papillary fibroelastoma (PFE) is a rare cardiac tumor, it nevertheless represents the most common primary tumor of heart valves. PFE may develop on any valve or endocardial surface of the heart but has been reported more on aortic and mitral valves. Although PFE is a benign tumor, surgical removal of these silent and small lesions is warranted because of the potential fatal complications of cerebral or coronary embolization. We report a case of PFE on the aortic valve incidentally found during mitral valve surgery and concomitantly excised by valve replacement.

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