Are patients with neoplasia at an increased risk for cardiac myxomas?

Vera J. Suman, Henry D. Tazelaar, Kent Bailey, Joseph Melton, Michael T. Longaker, Robert Stern, Walter E. Finkbeiner

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Abstract

A case-control study was undertaken to assess whether a significant association exists between the presence of a neoplasm or malignancy and the presence of a cardiac myxoma. We identified 13 patients seen at our institution between 1935 whose autopsies revealed a cardiac myxoma that was undetected during the patient's lifetime. For each patient four control subjects were selected among the autopsied patients who had never had a cardiac myxoma; these were matched for age at death, gender, and year of autopsy. The institutional medical records and autopsy reports revealed that 46% of the patients and 65% of their controls had a neoplasm diagnosed prior to or at autopsy. The estimated odds ratio was 0.34 (95% confidence interval, 0.05 to 1.84). There was insufficient evidence to conclude that an association exists between the presence of a neoplasm and the presence of a cardiac myxoma (P = .2722).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1008-1011
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Pathology
Volume24
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1993

Keywords

  • cardiac myxoma
  • neoplasia
  • statistics in medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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    Suman, V. J., Tazelaar, H. D., Bailey, K., Melton, J., Longaker, M. T., Stern, R., & Finkbeiner, W. E. (1993). Are patients with neoplasia at an increased risk for cardiac myxomas? Human Pathology, 24(9), 1008-1011. https://doi.org/10.1016/0046-8177(93)90116-X