A rare cardiac inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor involving aortic valve

J Cardiothorac Surg. 2017 Mar 2;12(1):13. doi: 10.1186/s13019-017-0577-5.


Background: Cardiac inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is an extremely rare benign entity which constitutes a small proportion of primary cardiac tumor.

Case presentation: We present a rare case of a 55-year-old symptomatic male patient with a rare cardiac IMT causing left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction. The patient received complete tumor resection immediately with uneventful postoperative hospital course.

Conclusion: To our best knowledge, cardiac IMT involving aortic valve in older adult causing LVOT obstruction has never been reported before. Additionally, we make a literature review on IMT, focusing on the various clinical presentation of this unpredictable tumor.

Keywords: Aortic valve; Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor; Middle age.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Valve / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Echocardiography
  • Granuloma, Plasma Cell / diagnosis*
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged