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Pancreatic carcinoma. An unusual presentation--inferior vena cava thrombosis

Beyth, R.J.; Alguire, P.C.

Postgraduate Medicine 86(1): 229-232


ISSN/ISBN: 0032-5481
PMID: 2740273
Accession: 040904586

The case reported here demonstrates the importance of considering the possibility of occult malignancy in young patients presenting with extensive or migratory thromboses in atypical locations that appear resistant to standard therapy. Suspicion for malignancy-related thrombosis is heightened by the absence of known precipitating causes and by a negative family history of thrombosis. The search for the responsible underlying neoplasm can be frustrating, but diagnosis and successful treatment of the tumor remain the keys to controlling the abnormal thrombotic state.

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