ARE PATIENTS WITH NEOPLASIA AT AN INCREASED RISK FOR CARDIAC MYXOMAS HUMAN PATHOLOGY Suman, V. J., Tazelaar, H. D., Bailey, K., Melton, J., Longaker, M. T., Stern, R., Finkbeiner, W. E. 1993; 24 (9): 1008-1011


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 and 1990 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).

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