Visualization of ventricular fibroelastoma with a video-assisted thoracoscope

Rafael Espada, Nirupama G. Talwalker, George Wilcox, Neal S. Kleiman, Mario S. Verani

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Left ventricular papillary fibroelastomas are associated with a high risk of cerebral embolization. Two-dimensional echocardiography and intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography are helpful in diagnosing tumors, planning a surgical approach, and achieving adequate excision. A video-assisted thoracoscope via the left atrium was used to visualize a left ventricular papillary fibroelastoma. Thoracoscopic visualization facilitated excision of a mass within the chordae tendineae between the anterolateral papillary muscle and the left ventricular wall. Video-assisted thoracoscopy greatly facilitates exposure/excision of deeper intracavitary left ventricular masses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-223
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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