Giant Cardiac Cavernous Hemangioma

Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Jul;100(1):322-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.08.056.


We report the case of an asymptomatic giant cardiac cavernous hemangioma in a 71-year-old man. The intracardiac mass was discovered incidentally during surveillance for his prostate cancer; however, the patient initially declined intervention. On presentation to our institution 7 years later, the lesion had enlarged significantly, and the patient consented to excision. At surgery, an 8 × 6.5 × 4.8 cm intracardiac mass located on the inferior heart border was excised with an intact capsule through a median sternotomy approach. The patient had an uneventful postoperative course. We discuss the diagnostic workup, treatment, and characteristics of this rare cardiac tumor.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Heart Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Heart Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous* / diagnosis
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male