Multimodality imaging of a giant aortic valve papillary fibroelastoma

Nowell M. Fine, David A. Foley, Jerome F. Breen, Joseph J. Maleszewski

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Papillary fibroelastomas (PFEs) are benign cardiac tumors arising from endocardium. They are commonly found on valvular surfaces and average 1.0-1.5 cm in size. Though often asymptomatic, PFEs can lead to potentially severe complications, primarily due to their embolic potential. Surgical resection is recommended for all symptomatic or large PFEs. We report the case of a patient presenting with cardiovascular symptoms who was found to have a very large aortic valve PFE, as diagnosed by histopathologic examination following surgical resection. Multimodality cardiovascular imaging demonstrates the classic morphologic findings, including a pedunculated appearance and oscillating "frond-like" surface projections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number705101
JournalCase Reports in Medicine
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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