Cardiac papillary fibroelastoma: Single-institution experience with 14 surgical patients

Walid K. Abu Saleh, Odeaa Al Jabbari, Basel Ramlawi, Michael J. Reardon

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In general, treatment for symptomatic and asymptomatic cardiac papillary fibroelastoma is surgical resection—particularly of left-sided lesions, because of the risk of systemic embolization. However, few institutions have enough experience with these tumors to validate this approach. We present our institutional experience with papillary fibroelastoma and discuss our current approach. We searched our institution’s cardiac tumor database, identified all patients diagnosed with cardiac papillary fibroelastoma from 1992 through 2014, and recorded the clinical and pathologic characteristics of each case. We found 14 patients (mean age, 60.5 ± 12.3 yr) who had 18 lesions. Eleven patients (79%) were symptomatic; however, we could not always definitively associate their symptoms with a cardiac tumor. Most lesions were solitary and ≤1.5 cm in diameter; half involved the left side of the heart. All 18 lesions were surgically excised. There were no operative or 30-day deaths, and no patient needed valve replacement postoperatively. There was one late death; at one year, another 3 patients were lost to follow-up, and the others were alive without tumor recurrence. Because of the embolic risk inherent to intracardiac masses and our relatively good postoperative outcomes, we recommend the surgical resection of all left-sided papillary fibroelastomas in surgical candidates, and we discuss with patients the advisability of resecting right-sided lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-151
Number of pages4
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2016


  • Cardiac surgical procedures
  • Fibroma/complications/ diagnosis/pathology/ surgery
  • Heart neoplasms/diagnosis/ surgery/ultrasonography
  • Retrospective studies
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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