Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2011, Article ID 853078, 4 pages
Case Report

Primary Pericardial Sarcoma: A Case Report and a Brief Review

1Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Williams Pavillion 2040, P.O. Box 26901, Oklahoma City, OK 73190, USA
2Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73190, USA

Received 30 September 2010; Revised 20 January 2011; Accepted 25 February 2011

Academic Editor: Syed Wamique Yusuf

Copyright © 2011 Aneesh Pakala 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.


There are very few cases of primary pericardial sarcomas reported in the English literature. Pericardial tumors, like other cardiac tumors, are most likely to be metastatic in nature and are an extension of primary tumors from the surrounding structures. Sarcomas are the most common primary pericardial tumors. Surgical eradication of the tumor is considered to be the treatment of choice. We are presenting a case of a primary pericardial, high-grade pleomorphic undifferentiated sarcoma that was diagnosed at our institution. We discuss the available diagnostic modalities and also shed light on alternative therapies when patients are not ideal surgical candidates.