Cardiac rhabdomyoma as an unusual mediastinal mass in a newborn

Karnak I. , Alehan D. , Ekinci S. , BUEYUEKPAMUKCU N.

PEDIATRIC SURGERY INTERNATIONAL, vol.23, no.8, pp.811-814, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00383-007-1875-0
  • Page Numbers: pp.811-814


A newborn case with cardiac rhabdomyoma is presented to discuss the differential diagnosis of mediastinal tumors around the heart in children. The diagnosis of rhabdomyoma can be suggested by modern visualization methods such as computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography. However, surgery is clearly indicated in cases with obstruction of flow tracts, valvular dysfunction and dysrhythmia, and in cases with indefinite diagnosis, or in the absence of association with tuberous sclerosis. Cardiac rhabdomyoma should be included in the differential diagnosis of masses located adjacent to the heart in infants.