Total artificial heart implantation after excision of right ventricular angiosarcoma

Brian A. Bruckner, Walid K. Abu Saleh, Odeaa Al Jabbari, Jack G. Copeland, Jerry D. Estep, Matthias Loebe, Michael J. Reardon

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Primary cardiac sarcomas, although rare, are aggressive and lethal, requiring thorough surgical resection and adjuvant chemotherapy for the best possible outcome. We report the case of a 32-year-old woman who underwent total artificial heart implantation for rightsided heart failure caused by right ventricular angiosarcoma. For the first several weeks in intensive care, the patient recovered uneventfully. However, a postoperative liver biopsy indicated hepatocellular injury consistent with preoperative chemotherapy. She developed continuing liver failure, from which she died despite good cardiac function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-254
Number of pages3
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2016


  • Angiosarcoma
  • Antineoplastic agents
  • Heart neoplasms
  • Metastatic sarcoma
  • Right ventricular tumors
  • Total artificial heart

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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