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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 142

Giant left ventricular cardiac tumor in a neonate


Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

Date of Web Publication6-Sep-2018

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Prof. Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
P.O. Box: 55302, Baghdad Post Office, Baghdad
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DOI: 10.4103/jiae.jiae_14_18

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Giant left ventricular cardiac tumor in a neonate. J Indian Acad Echocardiogr Cardiovasc Imaging 2018;2:142

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Giant left ventricular cardiac tumor in a neonate. J Indian Acad Echocardiogr Cardiovasc Imaging [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Dec 13];2:142. Available from: http://www.jiaecho.org/text.asp?2018/2/2/142/240634

I read with interest the case report by Chitra et al. on the giant left ventricular teratoma in an 18-day-old Indian neonate.[1] It is well-known that children with perinatal exposure to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are more vulnerable to various tumors compared to nonexposed counterparts.[2] Actually, various cardiac neoplasms have been reported in HIV-positive patients.[3],[4] To my knowledge, HIV infection is a distressing health hazard in India. Although no recent data are yet present on the pediatric HIV seroprevalence, the available data pointed out to the substantial HIV seroprevalence rate of 1.03% among pregnant in India.[5] Regrettably, the HIV status of the mother of the studied neonate was not determined. I presume that some sort of vertical HIV transmission needed to be considered in the studied neonate. Hence, the arrangement for the diagnostic panel of the CD4 count and viral overload measurements was solicited in the studied neonate. If that diagnostic panel was done and it disclosed HIV infection, the case in question could be truly regarded a novel case report. This is because HIV-associated cardiac teratoma has never been reported in the pediatric literature so far. Regrettably, the studied neonate suddenly succumbed before considering HIV testing and surgical intervention.

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Chitra N, Vijayalakshmi IB, Manjunath CN. Giant left ventricular cardiac tumor in a neonate. J Indian Acad Echocardiogr Cardiovasc Imaging 2017;1:225-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Kest H, Brogly S, McSherry G, Dashefsky B, Oleske J, Seage GR 3rd, et al. Malignancy in perinatally human immunodeficiency virus-infected children in the United States. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2005;24:237-42.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Iwahashi N, Nakatani S, Kakuchi H, Yamagishi M, Fukuchi K, Ishida Y, et al. Cardiac tumor as an initial manifestation of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Circ J 2005;69:243-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Piketty C, Gilquin J, Jacomet C, Mousseaux E, Rozenbaum W, Kazatchkine M, et al. Primary cardiac lymphoma in patients with AIDS. Ann Med Interne (Paris) 1995;146:526-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Sibia P, Mohi MK, Kumar A. Seroprevalence of human immunodeficiency virus among antenatal women in one of the institute of Northern India. J Clin Diagn Res 2016;10:QC08-9.  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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