Cardiac metastasis of tongue squamous cell carcinoma complicated by pulmonary embolism: A case report

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Abstract

Rationale:

Cardiac metastasis is known as a rare complication of head and neck malignancy.

Patient concerns:

We present a 58-year-old woman patient with a history of tongue carcinoma who was admitted in emergency department for sudden chest pain. Imaging work-up by computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) diagnosed a cardiac metastasis complicated by intraventricular thrombus and pulmonary embolism.

Diagnosis:

Cardiac metastasis from tongue carcinoma complicated by pulmonary embolism.

Interventions:

After undergoing 2 cycles of palliative chemotherapy, the patient declined any further treatment.

Outcomes:

Patient died 3 months after the diagnosis of cardiac metastasis.

Lessons:

Cardiac metastasis should be considered as a differential diagnosis in patients with a history of head and neck malignancy who present non-specific cardiac symptoms.

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