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Unusual Origin and Rare Presentation of Primary Cardiac Lymphoma

By Amir Mohamed, Sanjay Cherian, Ahmed El-Ashmawy, Salah Eldin Abdelmoneim, Maher Soliman, Mohamed Abu-Rayan and Afksendyios Kalangos


Non-Hodgkin lymphoblastic lymphomas are very uncommon tumors that rarely involve the heart; however, when they do, they typically cause cardiac symptoms. Herein, we describe the case of a young woman who presented with respiratory symptoms. These were caused by a high-grade lymphoblastic lymphoma, which originated in the left inferior pulmonary vein and extended into the left atrium. The tumor was surgically debulked, but it recurred in 1 month, and the patient underwent chemotherapy. Six months later, she had recurrent respiratory symptoms, and echocardiography revealed a persistent mass in the left lower lobar vein. A modified chemotherapy regimen led to complete resolution of the tumor within 2 months. We are unaware of other reports of a primary cardiac non-Hodgkin lymphoblastic lymphoma with this unusual site of origin and rare manifestation of symptoms

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