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Choriocarcinoma in the Pulmonary Artery Treated With Emergency Pulmonary Embolectomy*

Shun-ichi Watanabe, MD; Shinji Shimokawa, MD; Koh-ichi Sakasegawa, MD; Hiroshi Masuda, MD; Ryuzo Sakata, MD; Michiyo Higashi, MD
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*From the Second Department of Surgery (Dr. Higashi) and the Second Department of Pathology (Drs. Watanabe, Shimokawa, Sakasegawa, Masuda, and Sakata), Kagoshima University Faculty of Medicine, Kagoshima, Japan.

Correspondence to: Shun-ichi Watanabe, MD, The Second Department of Surgery, Kagoshima University Faculty of Medicine, 8–35-1 Sakuragaoka, Kagoshima, 890-8520 Japan



Chest. 2002;121(2):654-656. doi:10.1378/chest.121.2.654
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A 42-year-old woman with choriocarcinoma required emergency pulmonary embolectomy under cardiopulmonary bypass. After diagnosis of choriocarcinoma was confirmed by examination of tumor emboli specimens, the patient was treated and had complete remission by chemotherapy over a 6-month period. Although rare, choriocarcinoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of fertile women presenting with pulmonary embolism.

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