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Advanced Heart Block as a Manifestation of a Paraneoplastic Syndrome From Malignant Thymoma*

William H. Pentz, MD
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*From the Section of Cardiology, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL.

Correspondence to: William H. Pentz, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Section of Cardiology, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL 60637; e-mail: wpentz@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu



Chest. 1999;116(4):1135-1136. doi:10.1378/chest.116.4.1135
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Malignant thymoma is a rare tumor that is associated with paraneoplastic syndrome. Myocarditis as a paraneoplastic syndrome has been rarely described. Reported herein is a young male patient with malignant thymoma and myocarditis as part of a paraneoplastic syndrome. This resulted in high-degree heart block and an asystolic cardiac arrest despite placement of a permanent pacemaker.

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