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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2006 February;47(1):71-3

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

A case of primary malignant hemangiopericytoma of the heart with fatal outcome

Ghiribelli C. 1, Campione A. 1, Ligabue T. 1, Di Bisceglie M., Severi S. 2, Gentilini R. 3, Gotti G. 1

1 Thoracic Surgery Unit University Hospital of Siena, Siena, Italy 2 Cardiovascular Disease Unit Hospital of Grosseto, Grosseto, Italy 3 Cardiovascular Disease Unit University Hospital of Siena, Siena, Italy


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Hemangiopericytoma is a rare, highly vascular tumor which has both malignant and benign varieties. We report a case of a 41-year-old man who underwent surgery in emergency because of cardiac tamponade. The histopathologic examination of the specimens revealed primary malignant cardiac hemangiopericytoma. The patient died 46 days from the beginning of symptoms and 13 days after surgery.

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