Rapidly growing cardiac tumour in the right ventricle
The present case has been reported in BMJ.

A 77-year-old man with a history of Her2 negative, pancytokeratin-positive gastric cancer and synchronous grade 3a stage 2a follicular lymphoma (FLIPI score 3 at presentation) treated with chemotherapy was referred for transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) after a CT of the abdomen demonstrated an incidental low-density lesion in the right ventricle (RV) concerning for malignancy or thrombus.

There was no mass present on TTE 2 months prior. Repeat TTE demonstrated a large echogenic mass causing right ventricular inflow and outflow tract (RVOT) obstruction. A cardiac MRI confirmed the presence of a heterogeneous mass with adherent superficial thrombus in the RV and extending into the RVOT, consistent in appearance with a tumour.

On further review, a PET/CT performed 1 month prior to presentation showed a hypermetabolic node at the RV apex (maximum Standardized Uptake Value 5.7) felt to represent an initial metastatic focus, with no other abnormal hypermetabolic nodes.

Given its rapid growth and the clinical background, suspicion for metastatic malignancy was high. Multiple endomyocardial biopsies could not confirm a tissue diagnosis due to widespread necrosis of the mass; however, the mass was pancytokeratin negative. Suspicion for metastatic lymphoma was high, given its rapid growth and cell marker profile.

The patient had multiple elevated lactate dehydrogenase levels coinciding with diagnosis of the mass but never developed B symptoms or laboratory evidence of tumour lysis syndrome. The patient was ultimately admitted to the hospital 3 months after initial discovery of the RV mass with septic shock.

Repeat TTE revealed continued growth of the mass causing obliteration of the RV with extension into the right atrium and reduction of RV forward stroke volume. The resulting obliteration of the RV cavity resulted in elevated central venous pressure and low cardiac output, causing severe hypotension despite appropriate antibiotics and aggressive fluid resuscitation.

Given the size of his RV mass and inability to make a clear diagnosis, his prognosis was considered very poor and he transitioned to do not resuscitate status after discussion. He died 2 days later from cardiopulmonary arrest due to RV failure.

Learning points
• Secondary cardiac tumours can grow rapidly with serious consequences and should be evaluated, diagnosed and treated early.

• Potential complications of large intracardiac tumours, their recognition on echocardiographic imaging and the possible consequences of such complications.

• Endomyocardial biopsy may not be adequate for the diagnosis of rapidly growing cardiac tumours.

Source: http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2018/bcr-2018-226578.full
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