Interessamento cardiaco da neoformazioni timiche: il ruolo della tomografia a risonanza magnetica. Esperienza su 3 casi.

Translated title of the contribution: Heart involvement in thymic neoformations: the role of magnetic resonance tomography. Experience in 3 cases

G. Molinari, F. Sardanelli, C. Ottonello, P. Maragliano, G. Passerone, S. Costa, S. Caponnetto

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Abstract

Three paracardiac masses (1 thymic cyst, 2 thymomas) were studied by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using spin-echo, multi-echo, and gradient-echo sequences (cine-MR). MRI showed: a pedunculate cystic lesion, typical for thymic origin, in Case 1; cardiac and pulmonary infiltration, and 3 intracardiac metastases, in Case 2; cardiovascular compression but not infiltration, in Case 3. In 3/3 cases MRI was superior to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), and in 2/2 MRI was superior to computed tomography (CT), not performed in Case 2 (allergy to contrast agents). MRI may be considered the most important technique to evaluate cardiovascular involvement by thymic neoplasms. MRI should be performed after TTE and makes CT unnecessary.

Translated title of the contributionHeart involvement in thymic neoformations: the role of magnetic resonance tomography. Experience in 3 cases
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)819-824
Number of pages6
JournalCardiologia
Volume38
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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