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Lung Carcinoma Metastasis at the Site of Central Venous Access FREE TO VIEW

Jennifer L. Crook; Oscar S. Breathnach; Daniel Cruser; Bruce E. Johnson
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From the Department of Medicine and Pathology, National Naval Medical Center and Medicine Branch at Navy, Division of Clinical Sciences, National Cancer Institute

Bruce E. Johnson, MD, Medicine Branch at Navy, Building 8, Room 5101, National Naval Medical Center, 8901 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20889-5105; e-mail: bj16b@nih.gov

1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 1998;114(6):1772-1774. doi:10.1378/chest.114.6.1772
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Tumor metastases rarely are reported in association with central venous catheters. The case reported herein is that of a solid tumor metastasis at the site of a previous indwelling line ipsilateral to a pleural effusion in a patient with non-small cell lung cancer. A review of the literature reveals a single case of intrathoracic malignancy seeding at the site of a central venous catheter. Other investigators are urged to collect information about the development of tumor implants at the site of catheter insertion in patients with cancer and pleural effusions to further define the extent of the problem.




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