Cardiac tumors - benign

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Revised: 26 September 2019

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PubMed Search: Lipoma [title] heart pathology

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Lipoma. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/hearttumorlipoma.html. Accessed October 16th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • 8 - 12% of primary tumors of heart and pericardium
  • Usually on epicardium and asymptomatic
  • May create ball valve obstructions or produce arrhythmia
  • Called lipomatous hypertrophy if in atrial septum
Case reports
Gross description
  • May be poorly encapsulated but often circumscribed
  • Spherical or elliptical mass of homogeneous yellow fat
Gross images

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Circumscribed tumor at base

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5 cm lobulated mass

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