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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 290849, 3 pages
Case Report

Primary Extramedullary Plasmacytoma of the Heart: A Rare Manifestation of Plasmacellular Tumor

Department of Diagnostic and Molecular Imaging, Interventional Radiology and Radiation Therapy, Fondazione Policlinico “Tor Vergata”, Viale Oxford 81, 00133 Rome, Italy

Received 20 August 2013; Accepted 7 October 2013

Academic Editors: L. Cavanna, K. Hayakawa, and I. Ito

Copyright © 2013 Romagnoli Andrea 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.


Extramedullary plasmacytoma involving the heart is extremely rare. Primary extramedullary localizations are most commonly found in the head and neck region, with no radiologic evidence of additional skeletal lesions and normal bone marrow examination, but can occur in many other locations. They rarely occur in the heart and are commonly associated with multiple myeloma diagnosis. Here, we describe a case of primary extramedullary plasmacytoma of the heart in a 62-year-old man who presented with nocturnal dyspnea, arthralgia, and weakness. The symptoms can sometimes result from the mass effect on cardiac flow. The diagnosis and management require the same range of clinical and laboratory expertise as for patients with multiple myeloma. Their management is particularly challenging due to the lack of evidence or the presence of nonspecific symptoms. The case is presented as a learning point to remember to include plasmacytic tumors in the differential diagnosis of anaplastic tumors, even in unusual locations, such as the heart.