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January 2020 Br J Cardiol 2020;27(1) doi:10.5837/bjc.2020.003 Online First

Cardiac tumours – a brief review

Amaliya A Arakelyanz, Tatiana E Morozova, Anna V Vlasova, Roman Lischke

Abstract

Introduction Cardiac tumours are a heterogeneous group of neoplasia growing from the heart tissue or the pericardium. Primary tumours of the heart are rare, they only constitute 0.5% of all tumours. Of those, 75% are benign and 25% malignant.1 Most malignant tumours are sarcomas. Recognition of a primary heart neoplasia is extremely difficult due to the variable symptoms. Malignant tumours are usually rapidly progressive, while benign tumours, such as myxomas, may exhibit symptoms over many years. Symptoms are various, depending on growth, size, location, possible cardiac obstruction and disorders of the cardiac conduction system.1 The fourth

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