Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
About us | Current Issue | Archives | Ahead of Print | Instructions | Submission | Subscribe | Advertise | Contact | Login 


    Advanced search

    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

   Case Report
    Article Figures

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded137    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal


Table of Contents   
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 179-181
Surgical removal of a left ventricular myxoma in an infant

1 Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India
2 Department of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India

Click here for correspondence address and email

Date of Web Publication20-Jul-2013


Left ventricular (LV) myxoma is particularly rare in children and has not been reported in infants. A five-month-old baby presented with a myxoma arising from the anterior, lateral, and superior aspect of the LV, causing severe left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. The LV was accessed through the conal septum after opening the right ventricular outflow. The child had transient complete heart block in the postoperative period. There was no recurrence of tumor at the nine-month follow-up.

Keywords: Cardiac tumor, infant, modified Konno operation

How to cite this article:
Reddy SN, Sunil G S, Kumar RK. Surgical removal of a left ventricular myxoma in an infant. Ann Pediatr Card 2013;6:179-81

How to cite this URL:
Reddy SN, Sunil G S, Kumar RK. Surgical removal of a left ventricular myxoma in an infant. Ann Pediatr Card [serial online] 2013 [cited 2021 Sep 20];6:179-81. Available from:

   Introduction Top

Left ventricular (LV) myxoma is very rare, particularly in infants. Surgical management is particularly challenging. We report a case of LV myxoma in a five-month-old infant, which was removed surgically using a unique approach.

   Case Report Top

A five-month-old male infant presented with incidental detection of a murmur during an evaluation for upper respiratory tract infection. The child was otherwise symptom-free, with normal growth and development. The examination revealed normal pulse volume and blood pressure. There was no tachypnea. Auscultation of the heart revealed an ejection systolic murmur in the left third intercostal space, radiating to the right second intercostal space. The chest roentgenogram was normal. The child was in sinus rhythm with no echocardiographic (EKG) evidence of LV hypertrophy.

Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a single tumor mass, with varying echo density, which was 20 mm in its largest dimension, protruding in and out of the left ventricular outflow tract causing significant outflow tract obstruction [Figure 1]. The tumor was arising from the anterior, lateral, and superior aspect involving the lateral papillary muscles. Three-dimensional echocardiography demonstrated an irregular surface [Figure 2]. The Doppler revealed a peak gradient of 88 mmHg across the left ventricular outflow tract. There was no mitral stenosis, mitral regurgitation or aortic regurgitation. The left ventricular function was normal.
Figure 1: A two-dimensional echocardiographic picture of the tumor; (a) Short axis view; (b) Apical four chamber view; (c) Outflow view - showing the relationship of the tumor mass

Click here to view
Figure 2: Three-dimensional echocardiographic picture of the tumor; note the irregularities on the surface of the tumor. LV: Left ventricle, RV: Right ventricle

Click here to view

Through a midline sternotomy and under cardiopulmonary bypass, the aorta was clamped and the left atrium was opened in the Sondergaards plane. [1] A vent was introduced and a mitral valve retracted. The tumor was not visualized well from the left atrium. An aortotomy revealed that the tumor was found fully occluding the left ventricular outflow, extending to just below the aortic valve. It was not possible to define the tumor margins and tissue planes completely from the aortotomy.

A decision was then made to access the LV via the conal septum. The right ventricle (RV) outflow was opened and the conal septum was incised (like in a modified Konno operation) and retracted. [2] The tumor was visualized and removed from the superior, lateral, and anterior wall of the LV. Some tumor was left alone in the region of the lateral papillary muscle, as removing it would have damaged the papillary muscle.

The tumor on gross appearance was a grayish white tissue with a thin capsule, measuring about 20 × 15 × 8 mm. The histological sections showed a neoplasm with spindle cells having round-to-elongated nuclei, with a vesicular chromatin, and oval-to-elongated spidery cytoplasmic processes, set in a myxoid stroma, along with large areas of hemorrhage, suggestive of a myxoma [Figure 3].
Figure 3: Histological appearance of the tumor. Spindle cells having round-to-elongated nuclei, with vesicular chromatin, and elongated spidery cytoplasmic processes, set in a myxoid stroma

Click here to view

The child was noted to have a complete heart block in the immediate postoperative period that reverted to sinus rhythm spontaneously after - eight days. A pre-discharge echo showed normal ventricular function and a small residual tumor mass in the vicinity of the papillary muscle. At the three-month follow-up there was no increase in the size of the residual tumor. At the six-month follow-up, the child was noted to have a prolonged PR interval, wide QRS interval, and an intermittent Wenckebach phenomenon, on a 24 hour Holter recording. In view of the rhythm abnormality and associated history of the previous transient postoperative complete heart block a permanent pacemaker was inserted into an abdominal pocket. An epicardial lead was used. There was no tumor recurrence at the nine-month follow-up visit.

   Discussion Top

Primary cardiac tumors are rare in children, the vast majority of which are benign, while 10% are malignant. Although most myxomas are histologically benign, they could be lethal due to their position in the heart. [3] Rhabdomyoma is the most common cardiac tumor during fetal life and childhood. This is followed by teratoma, fibroma, and hemangioma. Myxoma is exceedingly rare in fetuses and neonates. [4],[5]

Very few cases of ventricular myxomas have been reported in children. There are no reports of left ventricular myxomas in infancy to the best of our knowledge. Due to the location of the tumor, it could not be approached either through the mitral valve or through aortotomy. Hence, the tumor had to be approached through the conal septum. The tumor mass could be accessed through this technique, but this resulted in a transient complete heart block in the immediate postoperative period and eventually a permanent pacemaker was needed.

A right ventricular myxoma was excised in an infant by accessing the tumor by opening the RVOT, as it could not be accessed through the tricuspid valve. [7] In a case series of 26 patients operated for myxoma, only one patient had a left ventricular myxoma. This tumor was excised along with the mitral valve, requiring mitral valve replacement. [5] In recent times, robotic-assisted surgery of left ventricular myxomas was shown to be a safe and feasible method of excision. [8] In another report, two neonates, who were antenatally diagnosed to have large left ventricular fibromas, were treated with a hybrid procedure involving pulmonary artery banding, ductal stenting, and atrial septostomy in the early neonatal life, resulting in a univentricular physiology, and later underwent a Damus-Kaye-Stansel operation and a bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt. [9]

Complete surgical excision of the tumor, with adjacent tissue, is recommended. In this infant we could not completely excise the tumor, as the tumor involved the lateral papillary muscle. In another similar case report, a 32-year-old was reported to have LV myxoma, with atypical involvement of the subvalvular mitral apparatus, hence, the tumor was treated with surgical excision, but the mitral valve could not be preserved. [10] Considering the age of the child in our case, radical excision of the tumor mass was not done. Nine months post surgery; there was no increase in the size of the residual tumor, with a competent mitral valve. Continued close follow up is mandated, because of the possibility of a recurrence of the tumor.

   Acknowledgments Top

The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions from the Department of Pathology at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, and Dr. CC Kartha from the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Thiruvanathapuram.

   References Top

1.Alfieri O, Sandrelli L, Pardini A, Fucci C, Zogno M, Ferrari M, et al. Optimal exposure of the mitral valve through an extended vertical transeptal approach. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 1991;5:294-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Caldarone CA, Van Natta TL, Frazer JR, Behrendt DM. The modified Konno procedure for complex left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. Ann Thorac Surg 2003;75:147-51.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Reynen K. Cardiac myxomas. N Engl J Med 1995;333:1610-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Lam KY, Dickens P, Chan AC. Tumors of the heart. A 20-year experience with a review of 12,485 consecutive autopsies. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1993;117:1027-31.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Beghetti M, Gow RM, Haney I, Mawson J, Williams WG, Freedom RM. Pediatric primary benign cardiac tumors: A 15-year review. Am Heart J 1997;134:1107-14.  Back to cited text no. 5
6.Lijoi A, Scoti P, Faveto C, Canale C, Parodi E, Passerone GC, et al. Surgical management of intracardiac myxomas. A 16-year experience. Texas Heart Inst J 1993;20:231-4.  Back to cited text no. 6
7.Talmor D, Caspi J, Feuering S, Zuker N, Zalstein E, Ganiel A, Appelbaum A. Surgical treatment of right ventricular myxoma in infancy. Ann Thorac Surg 1996;61:1835-6.  Back to cited text no. 7
8.Hassana J, Smith M. Robotic assisted excision of a left ventricular Myxoma. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2012;14:113-4.  Back to cited text no. 8
9.Schowengerdt KO, Rahimi B, Tinker K, Flore AC. Hybrid procedure for obstructive neonatal left ventricular tumors. Ann Thorac Surg 2010;90:2057-9.  Back to cited text no. 9
10.Robert J, Brack M, Hottinger S, Kadner A, Baur HR. A rare case of left ventricular cardiac myxoma with obstruction of the left ventricular outflow tract and atypical involvement of the mitral valve. Eur J Echocardiogr 2009;10:593-5.  Back to cited text no. 10

Correspondence Address:
Raman Krishna Kumar
Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-2069.115276

Rights and Permissions


  [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3]