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A cardiac tumor is an abnormal growth that develops in the heart. The majority of cardiac tumors are benign, meaning they are non-cancerous and are not likely to spread. However, because the heart is such an essential organ, even benign tumors can be life-threatening.
Cardiac tumors are rare in children. The most common cardiac tumor in infants and children is rhabdomyoma, which frequently appears as multiple tumors and can be associated with tuberous sclerosis.
Other types of primary tumor include fibroma, hemangioma, myxoma, hamartoma, teratoma, lipoma, and various forms of sarcoma.
Cardiac tumors can interfere with the way the heart works. They may cause blockages, rapid heart beats and enlargement of the heart.
Cardiac tumors are most commonly diagnosed with the aid of echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging.
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