Issue: 2014 > January > case report

Fatal microscopic pulmonary tumour embolisms in patients with breast cancer: Necessary knowledge for future medical practice

M. Vlenterie, I.M.E. Desar, C.M.L. van Herpen, J. Tol


Microscopic pulmonary tumour embolisms (MPTE) are
a rare but life-threatening phenomenon in patients with
a history of adenocarcinoma. Due to the nonspecific
symptoms, diagnostic difficulty, and rapid progression,
this condition is often fatal. We describe two patients who
previously completed breast cancer treatment, and now
present with fatal MPTE and we provide a comprehensive
review of the literature.