Tumour Emboli Causing Multifocal Ischemic Stroke from Intracardiac Malignant Solitary Fibrous Tumour

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Lindsay J Melvin
Nicole Sitzer
Rebecca Amer


A 78-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with gait ataxia and diplopia. Her past medical history included the surgical resection of a phyllodes breast tumour 8 years prior, with no known recurrence. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the brain demonstrated multifocal right supratentorial hemispheric subacute infarcts in the frontoparietal, posterior temporal and occipital regions. The patient developed recurrent generalized seizures in hospital. Transesophageal echocardiogram demonstrated a large 2.7 × 1.8 × 0.8 cm mobile echogenic mass attached to the left posterior atrial wall. CT angiogram of the chest revealed the left atrial mass as well as a mass encasing the right bronchus intermedius. The patient opted for comfort care and passed away in hospital. Autopsy revealed the tumour to be a primary cardiac solitary fibrous tumour. We present a case of multifocal ischemic stroke and seizures secondary to tumor emboli originating from intracardiac solitary fibrous tumour.

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