Brain metastasis of cardiac myxoma: case report and review of the literature

Altundag M., Ertas G., Ucer A., Durmus S., Abanuz H., Calikoglu T., ...More

JOURNAL OF NEURO-ONCOLOGY, vol.75, no.2, pp.181-184, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11060-005-1859-7
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.181-184
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Cardiac myxoma is the most common benign heart tumor. Cardiac myxoma can be a sporadic lesion (93% of cases) and usually occurs in women over 30 years. Complete surgical removal of the myxoma and its cardiac attachment is usually curative. The frequency of recurrences in cardiac myxomas varies between 3% for sporadic cases and 22% for cases of Carney complex. Recurrence has been related to incomplete excision, multifocality, and embolism of tumor fragments. We report a case with multiple brain metastases presumably due to tumor embolization from previously operated cardiac myxoma.