Since the publication of the Third Series atlas on heart tumors, there have been several changes in the pathology and classification of these lesions. The current edition updates the status of heart tumors, with emphasis on newer findings, especially molecular advances. In most cases, the authors have followed the classification of the World Health Organization, whose updated volume on tumors of the lung, heart, and mediastinum is forthcoming. Because newer imaging modalities, especially cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and 3-D echocardiography are increasingly utilized in preoperative evaluation of heart tumors, the authors have introduced a chapter devoted exclusively to radiologic diagnosis.
In addition, inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor, a less common tumor of heart valves, is covered quite differently from the previous volume, since several reports and series of this childhood tumor have emerged.
This atlas has carried over a discussion of lesions that are neither neoplastic nor hamartomatous, such as thrombi and some infections that can mimic tumors, because some of these lesions, especially thrombi, are among the more commonly excised heart masses, and may present diagnostic challenge.
This work is a useful source for physicians who wish to find a reference to classify a tumor of the heart, or update their knowledge of these lesions.
By Allen Burke, Professor of Pathology, Univ of Maryland, Baltimore, USA; Fabio R Tavora, Assoc Medical Director, Argos Laboratory, Messejana Heart and Lung Hospital, Fortaleza, Brazil; and others
1. Anatomy of the Heart and blood Vessels
2. Heart Tumors: Classification and Overview
3. Imaging of Cardiac Masses
4. Tumor-like Lesions of the Heart
5. Cardiac Myxoma
6. Papillary Fibroelastoma
7. Cardiac Fibroma
8. Cardiac Rhabdomyoma
9. Histiocytoid Cardiomyopathy
10. Cardiac Hemangioma and Lymphangioma
11. Benign Tumors of Fatty Tissue
12. Cardiac Paraganglioma
13. Miscellaneous Benign Soft Tissue Tumors
14. Heterotopias and Germ Cell Tumors
15. Cardiac Angiosarcoma and Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma
16. Primary Cardiac Sarcomas other than Angiosarcoma
17. Hematologic Tumors of the Heart and Pericardium
18. Tumors Metastatic to the Heart
19. Tumors of the Great Vessels