Intrathoracic neurofibromas are relatively uncommon in patients with neurofibromatosis. They are usually asymptomatic and may be discovered incidentally. We present the case of a 51-year-old, African American man with neurofibromatosis type 1 who underwent coronary revascularization. Intraoperatively, numerous neurofibromas were discovered, one of which was attached to the left internal mammary artery. The procedure was uncomplicated despite the challenging intraoperative findings. Special considerations in the management of patients with neurofibromatosis undergoing cardiac surgery are discussed, including risks, preoperative imaging and the importance of excision of suspicious tumors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine