Ann Thorac Surg 2001;72:1739-1740
© 2001 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
a Heart and Diabetes Centre Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Clinic of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Karlsburg, Germany
Accepted for publication December 28, 2000.
* Address reprint requests to Dr Grubitzsch, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Klinikum Karlsburg, Klinik für Herz-, Thorax- und Gefässchirurgie, Greifswalder Str 11 A, D-17495 Karlsburg, Germany
Sarcomas can develop in association with foreign material (eg, from Dacron vascular prostheses). We report on a left atrial rhabdomyosarcoma that developed within 1 year of mitral valve replacement by a Silzone-coated St. Jude Medical mechanical heart valve. Tumor resection and redo valve replacement were done. Six months later the patient was alive, but an echocardiogram showed tumor recurrence. Although this is a single case, an association between heart valve prostheses and malignant tumors should be considered.
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