Myxoma In Cardiac Echo
12 years ago
Myxoma is a myxoid tumor of primitive connective tissue. It is the most common primary tumor of the heart in adults, but can also occur in other locations. It is most seen on echocardiography, as a pedunculated mass that is heterogeneous in appearance. In this condition a triad of symptoms is recognised: valvular obstruction, embolic event, constitutional symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, weakness. Operative resection of the myxoma is the treatment of choice. Because of the risk of tumor fragmentation and embolization, vigorous palpation or manipulation should be performed only after cardioplegia.