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An unusual case of aortic metastasis

DISCOVERIES (ISSN 2359-7232), 2020, January-March issue


Diaconu R, Florescu R, Cornelissen A, Mamdouh A, Schaaps N, von Stillfried S, Boor P, Knüchel-Clarke R, Donoiu I, Vogt F. An unusual case of aortic metastasis from lung cancer. Discoveries 2020, 8(1): e106. DOI: 10.15190/d.2020.3

Submitted: March 27, 2020; Revised: March 31, 2020; Accepted: March 31, 2020; Published: March 31, 2020; 

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An unusual case of aortic metastasis from lung cancer

Rodica Diaconu (1,*), Roberta Florescu (2) , Anne Cornelissen (2) , Afify Mamdouh (2), Nicole Schaaps (2), Saskia von Stillfried (3), Peter Boor (3), Ruth Knüchel-Clarke (3), Ionut Donoiu (1), Felix Vogt (2)

(1) Department of Cardiology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Romania

(2) University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Division of Cardiology, Angiology and Critical Care,Aachen,Germany

(3) Institute of Pathology, University Hospital Aachen, Germany

*Corresponding author: Rodica Diaconu, MD, Department of Cardiology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Petru Rareș Street, No. 2, Craiova, 200349, Romania; Phone: +40771615210; Email: rodica.diaconu91@gmail.com 


In patients with cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction or aortic dissection without known risk factors for cardiovascular disease, neoplastic disease should be considered as a differential diagnosis. In this report, we present a case of a 51-year old man with previously undiagnosed non-small lung cancer leading to fatal cardiovascular complications due to hemovascular spread, diagnosed post-mortem. This case illustrates the value of autopsy in unexpected deaths.

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