Acute cor pulmonale secondary to metastatic tumor to the heart: a case report and literature review

J Emerg Med. 1990 Nov-Dec;8(6):721-6. doi: 10.1016/0736-4679(90)90286-5.


Metastatic tumors to the heart are becoming more common due to improved survival afforded by advanced treatment of malignancies. Their presence should be sought in a cancer patient who develops new primary cardiac symptoms. We present a case of a 50-year-old woman who succumbed to acute cor pulmonale secondary to metastatic laryngeal carcinoma to the right ventricle with subsequent tumor emboli to the pulmonary vasculature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Autopsy
  • Biopsy
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / complications
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / secondary*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Heart Neoplasms / complications
  • Heart Neoplasms / pathology
  • Heart Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Heart Ventricles / pathology
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Necrosis
  • Pulmonary Heart Disease / diagnosis
  • Pulmonary Heart Disease / etiology*
  • Pulmonary Heart Disease / pathology