We report the case of a 38-year-old woman who underwent cardiac sarcoma resection and presented later with spontaneous left ventricular free-wall rupture. The original tumor resection required autotransplantation and a transmitral approach, including partial resection of the inner left ventricular wall. Although the patient did well postoperatively, 3 weeks later she developed a large pericardial effusion with tamponade. Intraoperatively, a portion of the left ventricular free wall ruptured and required repair with a Dacron patch. The patient recovered and was discharged from the hospital 3 weeks later. To our knowledge, this is the 1st reported case of spontaneous ventricular rupture after the resection of a cardiac tumor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-173
Number of pages3
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009


  • Cardiac surgical procedures
  • Cardiac tamponade/etiology
  • Heart neoplasms/complications/surgery
  • Heart rupture/etiology/pathology
  • Heart ventricles/pathology/surgery
  • Neoplasm invasiveness
  • Pericardial effusion/etiology
  • Postoperative complications
  • Sarcoma/pathology/surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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