Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp 181–184 | Cite as

Brain Metastasis of Cardiac Myxoma: Case Report and Review of the Literature

  • Muzaffer B. Altundag
  • Gulcin Ertas
  • Ali R. Ucer
  • Sema Durmus
  • Hayati Abanuz
  • Tamer Calikoğlu
  • Kenan Ozbagi
  • Atila Demirkasimoglu
  • Bektas Kaya
  • Bekir H. Bakkal
  • Kadri Altundag
Clinical Study


Cardiac myxoma is the most common benign heart tumor. Cardiac myxoma can be a sporadic lesion (93% of cases) and usually occurs in women over 30 years. Complete surgical removal of the myxoma and its cardiac attachment is usually curative. The frequency of recurrences in cardiac myxomas varies between 3% for sporadic cases and 22% for cases of Carney complex. Recurrence has been related to incomplete excision, multifocality, and embolism of tumor fragments. We report a case with multiple brain metastases presumably due to tumor embolization from previously operated cardiac myxoma.


cardiac myxoma brain metastasis radiotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muzaffer B. Altundag
    • 1
  • Gulcin Ertas
    • 1
  • Ali R. Ucer
    • 1
  • Sema Durmus
    • 1
  • Hayati Abanuz
    • 1
  • Tamer Calikoğlu
    • 1
  • Kenan Ozbagi
    • 1
  • Atila Demirkasimoglu
    • 1
  • Bektas Kaya
    • 1
  • Bekir H. Bakkal
    • 1
  • Kadri Altundag
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyAnkara Oncology HospitalAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Medical OncologyHacettepe University Faculty of MedicineAnkara, HoustonUSATurkey

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