Primary Cardiac Neoplasms Follow-up

Updated: Mar 06, 2019
  • Author: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Annually monitor patients who have undergone resection for cardiac tumors with echocardiography in order to assess for recurrences. With the more aggressive malignant tumors, follow up every 3-6 months.

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Complications

Complications encountered after resection of cardiac tumors can include valvular insufficiency, complete heart block requiring pacemaker insertion, atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, and stroke.

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Prognosis

Prognosis for benign tumors is excellent, matching that of the healthy population. [25]

Malignant tumors carry a dismal prognosis even in the face of complete resection. An occasional sarcoma can be resected completely, resulting in long-term survival.

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