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Utilization of multimodal imaging is key in the diagnosis of a cardiac tumor. An increase in heart size on chest X-ray, a calcified mass on echocardiography or chest CT, and abnormal vessels on coronary angiography (in patients with suspected coronary artery disease) can give useful hints towards a cardiac tumor, whereas CMR is the best tool to make the definite diagnosis and for further tumor characterization.






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Multimodal Imaging for the Assessment of a Cardiac Mass - A Case of Primary Cardiac Sarcoma

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We present a case of an 85-year-old patient who underwent clinical work-up for chronic heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, and pulmonary embolism, until she was diagnosed with a cardiac mass that was histologically identified as sarcoma. The aim of this educational case report is to raise awareness of cardiac masses and to point out diagnostic hints towards a cardiac tumor on chest X-ray, coronary angiography, echocardiography, and chest CT. Moreover, the vital role of cardiac magnetic resonance for the diagnosis of a cardiac mass is highlighted.






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