Intracardiac metastasis originated from chondrosarcoma

Nicola Maurea, Gianluca Ragone, Carmela Coppola, Antonietta Caronna, Carlo G. Tocchetti, Lucio Agozzino, Gaetano Apice, Rosario V. Iaffaioli

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Primary cardiac tumors are extremely rare. By comparison, metastatic involvement of the heart is over 20 times more common and has been reported in autopsy series in up to one in five patients dying of cancer. Cardiac metastasis of chondrosarcoma is absolutely not frequent. In the recent literature, a cardiac metastasis from chondrosarcoma has never been described. We report the case of an 18-year-old man with a diagnosis of cardiac metastasis that originated from a left scapular chondrosarcoma. Chondrosarcoma is a skeletal tumor with various grades of malignancy, rapidly evolving, and with a strong tendency to metastasize, with low responsiveness to chemotherapy. The onset of characteristic systemic symptoms in the late stage of the disease led to the diagnosis of a mass localized in the right atrium. Management and differential diagnosis of infective heart lesions were also very complex in a rapidly evolving life-threatening condition.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 13 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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