Cardiac Tumors: Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis, and Management

  • Timothy J. Poterucha
  • Jonathan Kochav
  • Daniel S. O’Connor
  • Gregg F. RosnerEmail author
Cardio-oncology (MG Fradley, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Cardio-oncology

Opinion statement

Cardiac masses and tumors are a heterogenous group of disorders and include primary tumors (both benign and malignant), metastatic disease, and numerous masquerades such as thrombus. Clinical presentation ranges from incidental discovery on imaging tests ordered for other reasons to life-threatening presentations such as cardiac tamponade, arrhythmia, obstruction, and systemic embolization. Of the available imaging modalities, cardiac MRI is generally the most useful for assessment and helps to delineate the relevant anatomy. Due to the technical difficulties and risk of biopsy of cardiac masses, a presumptive diagnosis is typically made using imaging techniques with surgery serving both a diagnostic and curative role. Because these conditions can vary widely in their management, we recommend early involvement of a multidisciplinary group which should include a cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, and oncologist.


Cardiac mass Cardiac tumor Myxoma Rhabdomyoma Rhabdomyosarcoma 


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Conflict of Interest

Timothy J. Poterucha owns a stock in Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, Inc.

Jonathan Kochav declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Daniel S. O’Connor declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Gregg F. Rosner declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy J. Poterucha
    • 1
  • Jonathan Kochav
    • 1
  • Daniel S. O’Connor
    • 1
  • Gregg F. Rosner
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of CardiologyColumbia University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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