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Any Metastasizing Neoplasm Can Involve the Heart


Background: Metastatic disease can involve the heart, though it is often overlooked. This is most often seen in lung cancer, breast cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but any tumor that metastasizes can spread to the heart. Objective: To review types of cardiac metastases. Spread: Cardiac metastatic disease can spread through the lymphatics (lung and breast cancer), hematogenously (melanoma, lymphoma), by transvenous spread (mediastinal tumors), or via direct invasion (thymoma and m more...
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