Pulmonary micro-tumor emboli resulting in paradoxical emboli

PVRI Member Authors: Steeve Provencher

Abstract

Pulmonary tumor embolism (PTE) is a rare manifestation of cancers that was first described in 1897 by Schmidt1 in an autopsy study and was later associated with subacute cor pulmonale in 1937.It is characterized by the presence of tumor cell emboli in the pulmonary arterioles, causing microthrombi, occlusion, and, eventually, remodeling of the pulmonary arterioles resulting in pulmonary hypertension (PH).Here, we report the first case of PTE due to recurrent breast cancer associated with paradoxical cerebral embolism.

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Topics

Pulmonary Embolism
Pulmonary Hypertension
Women's Health

Authors

Louis-Vincent Morin-Thibault, Daniel Wiseman, Michelle Fortin, Christian Couture

Published in:

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 8: No 2 cover image

June 2018

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 8: No 2

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