Acute cor pulmonale resulting from tumor microembolism

J. J. Marini, W. Bilnoski, J. S. Huseby

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Whithin 72 hours a rapidly progressive dyspnea and right ventricular failure developed in a previously asymptomatic woman with adenocarcinoma. At autopsy, extensive tumor occlusion of the pulmonary microvasculature was found without macroscopic vessel involvement. In susceptible patients, tumor microembolism is a potentially treatable cause of acute cor pulmonale and may closely mimic massive thrombotic embolism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980


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