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Survival Following Treatment of a Cardiac Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma*

Stefano Schena, MD; Alessandro Caniglia, MD; Alfonso Agnino, MD; Gilda Caruso, MD; Giovanni Ferlan, MD
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*From the Institute of Cardiac Surgery (Drs. Schena, Agnino, and Ferlan) and the Institute of Pathology (Drs. Caniglia and Caruso), Medical School, University of Bari, Italy.

Correspondence to: Stefano Schena, MD, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery (R-114), University of Miami School of Medicine, P.O. Box 016960, Miami, FL 33101; e-mail: sschena@med.miami.edu



Chest. 2000;118(1):271-273. doi:10.1378/chest.118.1.271
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The authors report the successful surgical and chemotherapeutic management of a malignant fibrous histiocytoma with localization in the heart. This rare malignancy has specific morphologic characteristics and is diagnosed in adults when it is already locally aggressive or metastasized. The average survival time for patients with malignant fibrous histiocytoma is < 12 months. Neither clinical nor instrumental signs of recurrence have been detected in this patient after an aggressive surgical resection and a specific therapeutic approach.

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