Revista argentina de cardiología
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HECHAVARRIA POUYMIRO, Sheila; MARRERO MEDEROS, Roberto; VALIENTE MUSTELIER, Juan y CABRERA, Francisco. Metastatic Cardiac LymphomaMetastatic Cardiac Lymphoma. Rev. argent. cardiol. [online]. 2011, vol.79, n.2, pp. 179-181. ISSN 1850-3748.
Secondary or metastatic cardiac tumors are 20 to 40 times more common than primary benign or malignant neoplasms. Lung and breast carcinoma, malignant melanoma, and, to a lesser degree, leukemia and lymphoma, often metastasize to the heart. We describe the case of a 36-year old female patient with arrhythmia and echocardiographic evidence of a rapidly growing heart tumor. Treatment with systemic corticosteroids was initiated due to symptoms aggravation and the patient improved within 72 hours. A metastatic tumor was then suspected. A gastric biopsy confirmed the presence of a non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Specific cytostatic treatment was started; the patient remains in remission with complete regression of cardiovascular symptoms. Interestingly, our patient presented only cardiovascular symptoms despite the primary tumor was located in the digestive system.
Palabras clave : Cardiac Arrhythmia; Metastasis; Lymphoma.