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Title: Cardiac myxoma: related to immunosuppression?
Subtitle: A case report
Author(s): R. Dadkhah , P. Decoodt
Journal: Acta Cardiologica
Volume: 64 Issue: 4 Date: 2009
Cardiac myxomas are the most common type of primary cardiac tumours. Nevertheless, it is still a rare tumour and its relation with immunosuppressive therapy, which is essential after organ transplantation, remains uncertain. We report the case of a 30-year-old woman, who underwent kidney and pancreatic transplantation for severe nephropathy due to type 1 diabetes mellitus and since then, under heavy immunosuppressive treatment. Four years after surgery, a left atrial myxoma was discovered. Three other cases of cardiac myxomas following transplantation and immunodepressive status have been reported in the literature, which raises the question of an association between immunosuppression and the development of cardiac myxomas.