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Minimally Invasive Extirpation of a Left-Ventricular Myxoma
19 March 2008 (online)
As myxomas usually are benign neoplasms a minimally invasive technique would be an interesting alternative for their extirpation because the surgical trauma is reduced. In one male patient with a diagnosed left-ventricular myxoma minimally invasive surgery was carried out using the Port-Access™ method. 2D echocardiography, EBT, and MRI were performed preoperatively to obtain exact information about topography, calcifications, and malignity. Minimally invasive extirpation was successful and the mitral valve could be preserved. Histopathological examination revealed a cardiac myxoma extirpated in toto. At one-year follow-up there was no recurrence of the tumor.