Cardiac myxoma: 40 years' experience in 63 patients.

  title={Cardiac myxoma: 40 years' experience in 63 patients.},
  author={Staffan Bjessmo and Torbj{\"o}rn Ivert},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={63 3},
BACKGROUND Cardiac myxomas were resected in 63 patients, including the first successful procedure in the world. METHODS Patient data and data obtained during follow-up of the survivors were reviewed. RESULTS Preoperatively, valve obstruction occurred in 56% and emboli in 32% of the patients. The myxomas were located in the left atrium in 88%, right atrium in 10%, and both atria in 1 patient (1.6%). One patient died early, and 5 died late. The 20-year survival rate was 85%. At a median of 13… CONTINUE READING
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