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Incidental finding of a papillary fibroelastoma on the aortic valve in 16 slice multi-detector row computed tomography
  1. A Bootsveld,
  2. J Puetz,
  3. E Grube
  1. CT/MRI Center Siegburg, Germany
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Andreas Bootsveld
    Heart Center, 53721 Siegburg, Germany;


Papillary fibroelastoma (PFE) is a benign, rare, gelatinous tumour derived from the endocardium, primarily the cardiac valves, which is usually diagnosed by high resolution echocardiography. Although rarely clinically symptomatic, PFEs have a potential for coronary ischaemia, systemic embolisation with neurologic symptoms, and sometimes valvar dysfunction. There are reports of coronary occlusion and even sudden cardiac death due to a ball valve phenomenon on the coronary ostia. This report describes the characteristics of a PFE with multidetector 16 slice computed tomography and 1.5 Tesla cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

  • papillary fibroelastoma
  • computed tomography
  • CT, computed tomography
  • CHD, coronary heart disease
  • PFE, papillary fibroelastoma

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