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    Confused, large mass on or near heart.
    Klausybear posted:
    Found out my dad has a tennis ball sized mass on part of or near his heart. Depending on who I ask the location will vary slightly. It was biopsied with a neg result for cancer.

    From what I am told it's not a benign tumor, scar tissue or cyst so am confused as to what it can be. It was discovered after my dad had a stroke a week ago. Any info would be appreciated.
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "From what I am told it's not a benign tumor, scar tissue or cyst, so am confused as to what it can be".

    One can only guess or speculate here.

    In general-only, as reported in various medical literature, and as applicable to the patient, cardiac masses include, but is not limited to, abscesses, lesions, neoplasms (primary and secondary cardiac tumors), thrombus (thrombi/blood clot) and vegetations. Rarely occurring masses includes blood cysts. fungal cysts, foreign bodies, and intramyocardial hematoma (collection of blood).

    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE, utilizes a tiny transducer placed down the throat) can be useful to determine the exact location of the specific mass, it's shape, mobility (if it moves or is completely stationary), attachment, and the impact on other nearby cardiac structures. Blood flow problems due to the mass can also be determined.

    Hope your dad recovers as best as possible.

    Take care,


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