Multimodal imaging evaluation of a primary cardiac lymphoma in an immunocompetent patient

Echocardiography. 2018 Dec;35(12):2121-2123. doi: 10.1111/echo.14150. Epub 2018 Oct 12.


Primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) is a rare extranodal lymphoma that involves only the heart and/or pericardium. It is fatal in the absence of a prompt diagnosis and adequate therapy. Here, we report an immunocompetent 55-year-old Chinese man with palpitations and occasional chest distress for 1 month. Multimodal imaging work-up showed a tumor infiltrated into the myocardium, which greatly contribute to a timely pathology diagnosis of PCL.

Keywords: cardiovascular imaging; immunocompetent; multimodal imaging; primary cardiac lymphoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Echocardiography / methods*
  • Electrocardiography
  • Heart Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host*
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cine / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multimodal Imaging*
  • Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography / methods*