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Vena Cava Sarcoma With Tumor Embolus in the Pulmonary Artery: Surgical Treatment.

Summary of "Vena Cava Sarcoma With Tumor Embolus in the Pulmonary Artery: Surgical Treatment."

Tumors of the inferior vena cava are rarely complicated by pulmonary tumor embolism. We report a patient with a leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava complicated by an embolus in the left pulmonary artery. We describe the successful treatment of this condition, which consisted of cavoplasty and pulmonary endarterectomy conducted under hypothermic circulatory arrest. Different aspects of the surgical strategy are discussed.

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Department of Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Surgery, University Hospital of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.

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Name: The Annals of thoracic surgery
ISSN: 1552-6259
Pages: 642-644

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