BENJAMIN F. MARTIN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Primary neoplasms of the heart are rare but are being reported with increasing frequency. Straus and Merliss18 reported three cases within a year, but quoted figures indicating a frequency of only 0.0017 per cent in 480, 331 necropsies.
The endocardial myxoma is the most common as well as the most debated of the primary neoplasms of the heart. More than usual interest has been accorded it because of the occurrence of clinical features simulating those found in some of the more common forms of heart disease, and the possibility of surgical extirpation in the future.
This primary tumor is usually
MARTIN BF. CLINICAL ASPECTS OF MYXOMA OF THE LEFT AURICLE1. Ann Intern Med. ;38:325–331. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-38-2-325
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;38(2):325-331.
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