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Cardiac metastases in lung cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  852338     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cardiac metastases from bronchogenic carcinoma are not commonly diagnosed prior to death. This study isolates factors associated wtih the development of cardiac involvement. Four hundred eighteen consecutive patients with lung cancer who had autopsies were studied. Twenty-five percent of these patients had cardiac involvement. Factors associated with cardiac metastases were (1) histologic cell type of the tumor, (2) aggressive therapy, (3) extent of disease, and (4) tumor differentiation. The presence of cardiac metatases was not related to the length of survival. Clinical signs of cardiac involvement included an enlarging heart on the chest x-ray film, development of congestive heart failure, or electrocardiographic changes. Suspicion of cardiac metastases in high-risk individuals, prompt diagnostic evaluation, and rapid institution of therapy may improve the outlook for many patients, since reaccumulation of fluid was generally slow.
B L Strauss; M J Matthews; M H Cohen; R Simon; F Tejada
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0012-3692     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  1977 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-06-22     Completed Date:  1977-06-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  607-11     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adenocarcinoma / diagnosis,  mortality,  pathology
Carcinoma* / diagnosis,  mortality,  pathology
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell* / diagnosis,  mortality,  pathology
Heart Neoplasms* / diagnosis,  mortality,  pathology
Lung Neoplasms* / diagnosis,  mortality,  pathology
Myocardium / pathology
Neoplasm Metastasis / pathology
Time Factors

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