Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. 17(1):28, 2017 Jan 14.Journal: BMC cardiovascular disorders.Published: 2017ISSN: 1471-2261.Full author list: D'Souza J; Shah R; Abbass A; Burt JR; Goud A; Dahagam C.UI/PMID: 28088193.Subject(s): Adult | Biopsy | Diagnosis, Differential | Dyspnea/et [Etiology] | Echocardiography | *Heart Atria/dg [Diagnostic Imaging] | Heart Atria/pa [Pathology] | Heart Atria/su [Surgery] | Heart Neoplasms/co [Complications] | *Heart Neoplasms/dg [Diagnostic Imaging] | Heart Neoplasms/pa [Pathology] | Heart Neoplasms/su [Surgery] | Humans | Lipoma/co [Complications] | *Lipoma/dg [Diagnostic Imaging] | Lipoma/pa [Pathology] | Lipoma/su [Surgery] | *Magnetic Resonance Imaging | Male | Neoplasm Invasiveness | Predictive Value of Tests | Treatment Outcome | Tumor BurdenInstitution(s): MedStar Franklin Square Medical CenterDepartment(s): MedicineActivity type: Journal Article.Medline article type(s): Case Reports | Journal Article | ReviewOnline resources: Click here to access onlineDigital Object Identifier: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12872-016-0465-2 (Click here)Abbreviated citation: BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 17(1):28, 2017 Jan 14.Local Holdings: Available online from MWHC library: 2001 - present.Abstract: BACKGROUND: Cardiac lipomas are rare benign tumors of the heart. They are usually asymptomatic and are thus most often diagnosed on autopsies. Symptoms, when present, depend upon the location within the heart. Typical locations are the endocardium of the right atrium and the left ventricle. Diagnostic modality of choice is cardiac MRI. Treatment guidelines have not yet been established due to the very low prevalence of these tumors and are thus guided by the patient's symptomatology.Abstract: CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of an invasive cardiac lipoma, wherein the initial symptom of the patient was shortness of breath. Although the echocardiogram visualized the tumor in the right atrium, a cardiac MRI was performed for better tissue characterization. The MRI revealed a large, fat containing, septated mass in the right atrium with invasion into the inter-atrial septum and inferior cavoatrial junction. There was also invasion of the coronary sinus along the inferior and left lateral aspect of the posterior atrioventricular groove. Although the mass appeared to represent a lipoma by imaging characteristics, the unusual extension into the coronary sinus led to consideration of a low-grade liposarcoma in the differential. Thus a pre-operative biopsy was performed along with MDM2 gene amplification to rule out a liposarcoma preceding surgical excision.Abstract: CONCLUSION: Cardiac lipomas are well-characterized on cardiac MRI, which is the diagnostic modality of choice. Typical locations are the right atrium and the left ventricle. However, in those with atypical features such as invasion of the coronary sinus, pre-operative biopsy for histopathologic confirmation is imperative to exclude well-differentiated liposarcoma. Our patient with a simple lipoma underwent partial resection to relieve symptoms. We discuss prognosis and treatment of symptomatic cardiac lipomas.