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Sudden suffocation with cancer of unknown primary: a case report and review of diagnostic approach.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23020544     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A case of a 31-year-old woman with sudden respiratory distress is presented. Preliminary evaluations and imaging studies did not reveal the underlying cause. Workup during hospital stay showed advanced metastatic cancer of unknown primary origin. This is an unusual presentation of cancer of an unknown primary involving the thyroid with sudden suffocation. It suggests that malignancies involving the thyroid gland should be considered in patients with abrupt onset of respiratory distress. Also, this case shows the application of fine needle aspiration in diffuse thyroid enlargements mimicking thyroiditis without nodules. Diagnostic approach to cancer of unknown primary origin (CUP) is reviewed in further detail.
Omid S Tehrani; Omar Ahmad; Ekaterina Vypritskaya; Emily Chen; Saba Hasan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of Iranian medicine     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1735-3947     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Iran Med     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-01     Completed Date:  2013-02-04     Revised Date:  2013-05-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100889644     Medline TA:  Arch Iran Med     Country:  Iran    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  652-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, Capital Health System, Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Diagnostic Imaging
Neoplasms, Unknown Primary*
Thyroid Neoplasms / diagnosis*,  secondary*
Thyroiditis / diagnosis

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