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Jornal Vascular Brasileiro

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ALCANTARA, Viviane Queli Macedo de et al. Acute arterial occlusion of lower limbs caused by tumor embolism in a patient with lung neoplasia. J. vasc. bras. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.4, pp.334-336. ISSN 1677-5449.

Peripheral arterial embolism (PAE) caused by malignant tumors is a rare manifestation of cancer. PAE may originate from several sites, including heart, aorta, and pulmonary veins. Such veins are a major source of thrombotic embolism or tumors with vascular erosion. Although uncommon, lung cancer should be regarded as a source of emboli in the extremities, especially when there is neoplastic invasion of the pulmonary veins. We report on a case of a male patient who underwent pneumonectomy for lung cancer who developed acute arterial occlusion of the lower extremities caused by saddle tumor embolus.

Keywords : embolism; lung neoplasms; ischemia.

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