Primary cardiac B-cell lymphoma with atrioventricular block and paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia
1 Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, 2 Yuh-Der Rd, Taichung, 40447, Taiwan
2 Departments of Anesthesia, and Pain Service and Critical Care Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, 40402, Taiwan
3 China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, 40402, Taiwan
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012, 7:70 doi:10.1186/1749-8090-7-70Published: 18 July 2012
Primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) is very rare, and is extremely challenging to diagnose due to nonspecific symptoms. When discovered, the right atrium and ventricle are most commonly affected, while diffuse cardiac involvement is uncommon. PCL is fatal unless promptly diagnosed and treated. Herein, we present the case of a 36-year-old immunocompetent male who presented with a 5-year history of non-specific chest symptoms and was diagnosed with primary diffuse cardiac large B-cell lymphoma involving the entire heart.