Background. Cardiac fibromas are rare tumors. Indications for and preferred type of operation are controversial, and little is known about early and late results of operation. Methods. We retrospectively reviewed records of 18 patients who underwent resection of ventricular cardiac fibromas from 1964 to October 2002. Follow-up was obtained from current medical records and recent telephone and written correspondence. Results. Seventeen patients had complete resection and 1 had subtotal resection of one or more fibromas. Tumors were located in the left ventricle (n = 12), septum (n = 4), or right ventricle (n = 2). A 2-month-old infant died intraoperatively. None of the surviving 17 patients had complete heart block. Follow-up lasted up to 33.7 years for a total of 172.1 patient-years. There were no late deaths. Fourteen patients were asymptomatic, 1 was in New York Heart Association functional class II, and 2 were in class III. There was no recurrence of tumor after complete resection and no change in size of residual tumor in the 1 patient who underwent subtotal resection. Conclusions. Although cardiac transplantation has been suggested by some as a preferable operation, most ventricular fibromas, even though extensive, can be completely resected with excellent early and late results. For patients with tumors extending into critical locations, subtotal excision can also give excellent late survival.
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