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Med Oncol. 2013;30(3):669. doi: 10.1007/s12032-013-0669-6. Epub 2013 Jul 20.

Identifying oncological emergencies.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, 50 Fruit Street, Boston, MA, USA. aguddati@partners.org

Abstract

Prompt identification and treatment of life-threatening oncological conditions is of utmost importance and should always be included in the differential diagnosis. Oncological emergencies can have a myriad of presentations ranging from mechanical obstruction due to tumor growth to metabolic conditions due to abnormal secretions from the tumor. Notably, hematologic and infectious conditions may complicate the presentation of oncological emergencies. Advanced testing and imaging is generally required to recognize these serious presentations of common malignancies. Early diagnosis and treatment of these conditions can significantly affect the patient's clinical outcome.

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23873016
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10.1007/s12032-013-0669-6
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