Ann Clin Case Rep | Volume 2, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

Lymphoma Involving the Heart and Inferior Vena Cava: Radiological and Pathological Approach

Duminda WD1*, Pathirana KG2, Lekamge IN1, Weerakoon S1, De Silva YAP1, Ganewatte E1, Appuhamy WNDPC1, Parthipan N1, Senadeera RL1, Jayawickrama M3 and Gayani GHP3

1Department of Radiology, The National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
2Department of Radiology, The Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Sri Lanka
3Department of Histopathology, The National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

*Correspondance to: Duminda WD 

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Primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) is a very rare condition accounts for 2% of all primary cardiac tumours. This is a case report of a 76 year old male patient with shortness of breath, cough and pyrexia of unknown origin for 2 months. In the initial diagnostic workup, echocardiography revealed aortic and mitral regurgitation with no pericardial effusion. With the development of right sided pleural effusion about one month after the initial presentation, ultrasound scan guided pleural fluid aspiration performed. Pleural fluid culture revealed no bacterial growth. Second echocardiography showed no flow in the superior vena cava (SVC) and suspected of a thrombus. Contrast enhanced Computed Tomography scan of the chest demonstrated a mass lesion in the right heart and distal inferior vena cava (IVC). The lesion was compressing the SVC without complete obstruction. The pericardium was intact with no pericardial effusion. No mediastinal lymphadenopathy identified. Initial differential diagnosis was leiomyosarcoma of the distal IVC extending in to the right heart. As there was no pericardial involvement, possibility of lymphoma was made as a remote cause. Subsequently digital subtraction angiography guided biopsy performed from the mass in the distal IVC and right atrium. Diffuse lymphoma was confirmed on histology. As there were no Hodgkin cells in the sample, probable diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was made. Subsequently patient died due to cardiovascular compromise before starting specific therapy.


Cardiac lymphoma; Inferior vena cava; Radiological imaging; Histological diagnosis


Duminda WD, Pathirana KG, Lekamge IN, Weerakoon S, De Silva YAP, Ganewatte E, et al. Lymphoma Involving the Heart and Inferior Vena Cava: Radiological and Pathological Approach. Ann Clin Case Rep. 2017; 2: 1461.

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