Aortic and coronary embolism of anaplastic small-cell carcinoma of the lung

Med J Aust. 1987 Nov 2;147(9):455-6.


A case of macroscopic tumour embolism from an anaplastic small-cell carcinoma of the bronchus to the aortic bifurcation and the left main coronary artery is described. The emboli occluded both vessels and caused sudden death. To our knowledge, this is the first report of coronary embolism by this type of carcinoma. Previous reports of coronary embolism by lung tumours are reviewed briefly.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Aortic Diseases / etiology*
  • Aortic Diseases / pathology
  • Coronary Disease / diagnostic imaging
  • Coronary Disease / etiology*
  • Coronary Disease / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplastic Cells, Circulating*
  • Radiography