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Primary cardiac sarcomas are rare and typically undergo aggressive local spread. There is no reliable definitive treatment, although radical surgical resection can provide palliation in the medium term. A case of a pleomorphic leiomyosarcoma with dramatic images is presented. The relative usefulness of transoesophageal echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging to define the extent of tumour involvement, allowing planning of treatment, is demonstrated.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Postgrad Med J

Publication Date

08/2002

Volume

78

Pages

492 - 493

Keywords

Echocardiography, Transesophageal, Fatal Outcome, Follow-Up Studies, Heart Neoplasms, Humans, Leiomyosarcoma, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Middle Aged