Key words Lung cancer
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Metastatic lingual tumors are very rare, and hematogenous myocardial metastasis is also relatively uncommon. We report a case of lung adenosquamous carcinoma with metastases to the tongue and the myocardium. A 65-year-old man underwent a partial upper lobectomy for a primary lung cancer in June 1997. He developed a local recurrence and received two courses of radiotherapy, in March and September 1998. A follow-up computed tomography (CT) scan showed a myocardial tumor, suggestive of cardiac metastasis. In October 1998, he began to complain of angina-like chest oppression and showed ischemic changes on electrocardiogram (ECG), and he also developed lingual, subcutaneous, and brain metastases. He died of respiratory failure in December 1998, 20 months after the initial diagnosis of primary lung cancer; metastases to the tongue and myocardium were confirmed by autopsy.
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