Primary Benign Cardiac Tumours

Primary benign cardiac tumours, although rare compared to secondary involvement of the heart by malignancies of the chest or metastases, are much more common than primary malignant tumours of the heart. Tumours include 1-2:

* cardiac myxoma
o most common in adults
o accounts for ~50% of all primary benign tumours 1-2
* cardiac rhabdomyoma
o most common in children
* cardiac papillary fibroelastoma
* cardiac fibroma
* haemangioma of the heart
* cardiac lipoma
* cardiac paraganglioma


Right atrial myxoma CT

Article Source : Dr Frank Gaillard, Radiopaedia


* 1. CT of the Heart: Principles and Applications. U. Joseph Schoepf. Humana P.,U.S. ISBN:1592598188 (find it at
* 2. Grebenc ML, Rosado de Christenson ML, Burke AP et-al. Primary cardiac and pericardial neoplasms: radiologic-pathologic correlation. Radiographics. 20 (4): 1073-103. Radiographics (full text) [pubmed citation]

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