Successful Radiation Treatment of Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma Metastatic to the Right Cardiac Atrium and Ventricle in a Pacemaker-dependent Patient
- Author(s): Dasgupta, Tina
- Barani, Igor J
- Roach, Mack
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1748-717X-6-16
Abstract Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is a rare, aggressive malignancy, which is known to metastasize to the heart. We report a case of a patient with ATC with metastatic involvement of the pacemaker leads within the right atrium and right ventricle. The patient survived external beam radiation treatment to his heart, with a radiographic response to treatment. Cardiac metastases are usually reported on autopsy; to our knowledge, this is the first report of the successful treatment of cardiac metastases encasing the leads of a pacemaker, and of cardiac metastases from ATCs, with a review of the pertinent literature.
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