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Metastatic colon cancer involving the right atrium.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22412235     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Colorectal cancer rarely metastasizes to the heart. In the world medical literature, we identified only 7 cases of well-documented colorectal cancer metastasis to the right atrium. Herein, we describe the case of a 72-year-old man in whom metastatic mucinous adenocarcinoma of the colon involved the right atrium and caused superior vena cava syndrome. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of sudden cardiac death due to embolization of metastatic colon cancer from the right atrium. We also present the first comprehensive case series review of this rare entity.Given improvements in diagnostic and therapeutic methods that have increased the longevity of many cancer patients, the detection of cardiac metastases is likely to increase in frequency. Accordingly, we recommend that previously asymptomatic cancer patients with a history of colorectal cancer who develop cardiac symptoms undergo prompt investigation for possible cardiac metastasis.
Snehalkumar A Patel; Barbara M Herfel; Marc A Nolan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1526-6702     ISO Abbreviation:  Tex Heart Inst J     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-13     Completed Date:  2012-11-12     Revised Date:  2013-06-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214622     Medline TA:  Tex Heart Inst J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  79-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York 10075, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adenocarcinoma, Mucinous / complications,  secondary*,  ultrasonography
Aged, 80 and over
Colorectal Neoplasms / pathology*
Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology
Echocardiography, Transesophageal
Fatal Outcome
Heart Atria / pathology
Heart Neoplasms / complications,  secondary*,  ultrasonography
Middle Aged
Superior Vena Cava Syndrome / etiology
Comment In:
Tex Heart Inst J. 2012;39(1):84-5   [PMID:  22412236 ]

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