Primary Cardiac Neoplasms Treatment & Management

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

Medical Care

For those tumors presenting with cardiac arrhythmias, standard medical management of the arrhythmia is warranted until the diagnosis is established and definitive therapy undertaken. In the case of paragangliomas, treat hypertension with beta-blockade until resection is undertaken.

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Surgical Care

When possible, treatment of choice for cardiac tumors is complete resection. [21, 22, 23] In patients whose tumors are determined to be malignant, adjuvant therapy (ie, chemotherapy, radiation) after resection did not affect the outcome. [6] Cardiac transplantation has been used for benign and malignant tumors. [24] Series using this therapy have been too small to use in predicting outcomes.

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