Malignant neoplastic emboli to the coronary arteries: report of two cases and review of the literature

Hum Pathol. 1987 Sep;18(9):955-9. doi: 10.1016/s0046-8177(87)80275-7.


Two patients were seen with malignant neoplastic emboli to the coronary arteries. One, a 61-year-old woman with a malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the thigh and a solitary pulmonary metastatic lesion, died of an acute myocardial infarction due to a neoplastic coronary embolus after lobectomy. The other, a 51-year-old woman with bronchogenic adenocarcinoma, died of extensive cerebral metastases. At autopsy, she also was found to have had an acute myocardial infarction associated with a neoplastic coronary embolus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / complications
  • Adenocarcinoma / secondary
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery
  • Bronchial Neoplasms / secondary
  • Bronchial Neoplasms / surgery
  • Coronary Disease / complications
  • Coronary Vessels / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / etiology
  • Myocardial Infarction / pathology
  • Neoplastic Cells, Circulating*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Sarcoma / complications
  • Sarcoma / pathology
  • Sarcoma / secondary
  • Sarcoma / surgery