Tumors of the heart are a very rare diagnosis, especially in children. When they do occur, they can be all shapes and sizes. Tumors can develop on the outside or inside of the heart. Tumors from other sites in the body that also develop in or around the heart are more common than primary heart tumors.
Most cardiac tumors are found incidentally. If there are symptoms, the symptoms associated with cardiac tumors are related to their size and location.
Your child’s physicians may ask for your child to have multiple tests done to investigate the tumor. These tests could include:
The treatment of cardiac tumors depends on the size, location, and symptoms related to the cardiac tumor. There are many tumors that are best to observe and some tumors that require surgical resection. The treatment is individualized to each patient, with the input and full involvement of the child and parents.
The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has vast experience treating children from across the world who have cardiac tumors.
Innovations at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the treatment of cardiac tumors include:
At Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, patients with congenital or acquired heart disorders receive hands-on specialized care 24/7 from a team of affiliated physicians and specialty-trained nurses who aim to deliver the best possible outcomes.
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital was named one of the top children's hospitals nationally in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Children’s Heart Institute is among the top congenital heart surgery programs in North America for patient care and outcomes, according to the Fall 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database Report of 118 STS participating programs.
In collaboration with various subspecialties, the affiliated team provides comprehensive care for newborns, children and adolescents, with the ability to transition into adult congenital cardiac care. Team members have the experience and skills necessary to offer innovative treatment methods and specialized services, including, but not limited to:
With the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a dedicated Children’s Heart Institute Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, critical heart patients have access to quality, specialized care. By utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, the team at Children’s Heart Institute strives to offer patients with the most complex problems the greatest opportunity for a normal life.
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The Children’s Heart Institute is a collaboration between the affiliated physicians at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Typically, patients are seen on an outpatient basis at a UT Physicians clinic with all inpatient procedures performed at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.