Angiosarcoma causing cardiac constriction late after radiation therapy for breast carcinoma

Ashwini Sharma, Patrick A. Devaleria, Robyn M. Scherber, Gavin Sugrue, Ann E. McCullough, Prasad M. Panse, Farouk Mookadam

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Therapeutic radiotherapy rarely causes sarcoma, and this occurs years after completion of the intended treatment. In treating breast carcinoma, careful planning in the application of modern radiotherapeutic techniques usually can shield the heart and pericardium. We report a rare case of angiosarcoma of the pericardium, which presented in a 41-year-old woman as constrictive pericarditis 8 years after irradiation for cancer of the left breast. To our knowledge, this is only the 2nd report of angiosarcoma of the pericardium after radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-83
Number of pages3
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Angiosarcoma
  • Constrictive pericarditis
  • Neoplasms
  • Pericardium/radiation effects
  • Postradiation tumor
  • Radiation-induced
  • Radiotherapy/adverse effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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