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Robotic-assisted Excision Of A Left Ventricular Hemangioma
Charles Lutz, M.D., Samuel Martin, B.S., Courtney Maxey-Jones, M.D, Ahmad Nazem, M.D., Karikehalli Dilip, M.D., Zhandong Zhou, M.D..
St Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, NY, USA.

BACKGROUND: Left ventricular hemangiomas are rare and are usually found incidentally
METHODS: A 48 year-old female presented to an outside institution with episodes of blurred vision, dizziness and headaches. Work-up revealed a 1cm by 1cm apical pedunculated left ventricular mass seen on trans esophageal echocardiography (TEE). She was referred to our institution and deemed to be a candidate for a robotic-assisted approach.
RESULTS: The patient underwent successful robotic-assisted excision of the left ventricular mass. Pathology revealed that the mass was a hemangioma. The patient experienced an uneventful recovery and was discharged home in 4 days.
CONCLUSIONS: Left ventricular hemangiomas are rare entities. Surgical excision can be facilitated by the excellent visualization and instrument dexterity achieved with a robotic-assisted approach.

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