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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 829213, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/829213
Case Report

Angiosarcoma of the Right Atrium Presenting as Syncope and Hemorrhagic Pericardial Tamponade

1Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee Medical Center, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Box U11, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA
2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical Center, 1924 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA

Received 21 July 2012; Accepted 30 September 2012

Academic Editors: A. Cho, C. Foroulis, and E. Xenos

Copyright © 2012 V. G. Sams et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Angiosarcoma of the heart is a rare malignancy that can present in many ways. It is an important diagnosis to consider in patients presenting with otherwise unexplained tamponade-type symptoms. Here we present a case of a young male who presented with hemorrhagic tamponade and underwent resection of a large angiosarcoma of the right atrium. In this case, we describe the rare presentation of angiosarcoma with its diagnostic approaches, hospital course, clinical management, and discussion.