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Occult pulmonary thromboembolism presenting as diffuse interstitial pneumonitis in cancer patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6622341     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The prompt and accurate recognition of non-malignant complications is of critical importance in the care of cancer patients. Pulmonary thromboembolism is particularly important because it is common, treatable and frequently difficult to diagnose. Two patients are presented who died of recurrent pulmonary thromboemboli which were unrecognized because open lung biopsies showed diffused interstitial pneumonitis. The association of pulmonary thromboembolism and interstitial inflammation has been recognized at autopsy, and there are a number of plausible mechanisms which could link these processes. Interstitial pneumonitis should be added to the numerous protean manifestations with which pulmonary thromboembolism is associated.
S W Needleman; C A Aschenbrener; J O Armitage
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medical journal     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0032-5473     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med J     Publication Date:  1983 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-11-23     Completed Date:  1983-11-23     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234135     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  508-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Leukemia / complications*
Pulmonary Embolism / complications*,  diagnosis
Pulmonary Fibrosis / diagnosis,  etiology*
Retroperitoneal Neoplasms / complications*

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