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Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Feb;95(2):706-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.06.054.

A rare case of direct tumor extension to the right ventricle.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, Germany. torsten.baehner@ukb.uni-bonn.de

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We report the case of a 72-year-old woman with signs of pulmonary embolism and right heart failure. Echocardiographic imaging and computed tomography revealed a mass within the inferior vena cava reaching from the head of the pancreas to the right ventricle. From standard imaging procedures and clinical findings alone, differentiation of a cardiac thrombus from a metastatic tumor mass was difficult. After resection of the intravascular tumor, histopathologic analysis confirmed a metastasis of primary ductal pancreatic adenocarcinoma. This is a report of a case of mucinous adenocarcinoma of the pancreas reaching the heart by continuous intravascular spreading.

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