Primary cardiac angiosarcoma: case report of a rare neoplasia

ABSTRACT This article reports a case of primary cardiac angiosarcoma and a brief review is provided. A 44-year-old male patient was suspected of having myxoma in the right atrium. The tumor, on pathology examination, was shown to be a cardiac angiosarcoma. In the postoperative period, the patient developed a cardiac tamponade, requiring reoperation and evolving to death. Angiosarcomas are malignant tumors characterized by a devastating clinical course. They have a predilection for the right atrium, occurring between the third and fifth decades of life, with a male preponderance. Because of its rarity, the ideal treatment has not been identified yet.