A 67-year-old woman was referred for investigation of intermittent dyspnea, which was known for years but had been worsening over the previous 3 months. Two-dimensional echocardiography revealed the presence of a mass attached to the anterior leaflet of the tricuspid valve. The patient was successfully operated on to excise the right atrial mass and preserve the tricuspid apparatus. Morphological examination of the excised tissue led to the diagnosis of papillary fibroelastoma. Surgical treatment should be considered when such a tumor is diagnosed, even in asymptomatic patients, because of the possible risk of embolization.
- Cardiac surgery
- Papillary fibroelastoma