Fatal massive and recurring pulmonary embolism followed by thrombocytopenia developed after heparin and warfarin treatment in a patient with metastatic breast cancer with an incidental large right atrial thrombus

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Abstract

A thromboembolic complication such as pulmonary embolism in patients who had cancer and mobile thrombi in the heart is a rare but fatal complication. Surgical thromboembolectomy is considered as the classical treatment of choice. In case of inoperable patient, catheter-directed therapy may be an alternative treatment. We report an interesting case of metastatic breast cancer with a large and mobile right atrial thrombus complicated by a massive and subsequently recurring pulmonary embolism, followed by thrombocytopenia developed after heparin and warfarin treatment.

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