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Sinclair De Frías J, Cukier M, Olivero L, Vazquez D, Tapia H. Incidental Pulmonary Embolism in Cancer Patients: A Single-Institution Analysis in Panama. Multidiscip Cancer Investig. 2022; 6 (1) :1-7
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Introduction: Incidental pulmonary embolisms (iPE) are common in cancer patients. Studies addressing iPE in oncology are increasing; however, few of these inveigations have been conducted in a Latin-American population. This udy aims to describe the incidence and characteriics of iPE in cancer patients in a comprehensive cancer center from Panama.
Methods: A single-center, retrospective udy was conducted at the National Initute of Oncology during a period of 7 months. Every contra-enhanced CT scan was reviewed. Electronic records and CT reports were reviewed for demographic, clinical, and radiological information.
Results: We reported 46 iPEs in 4065 scans (incidence=1.13%). The mean±SD age was 6413± years. Mo patients were female (63.0%) and were outpatients (73.9%) when the CT scan was performed. Central iPEs were found in thirty-one patients (67.4%). Thirty patients were receiving chemotherapy (54.3%) or hormone therapy (10.9%); two-thirds had metaatic disease. The mo frequently reported tumors were garointeinal, brea, and gynecologic cancers. More than 70% were reported as asymptomatic, and 78% were initially managed with anticoagulation.
Conclusions: Our udy reported a low incidence of iPE in oncologic patients (1.13%) which is consient with what has been observed in previous udies (0.34%-7.3%). The true incidence is ill uncertain, and it might be undereimated; especially the rate of subsegmental embolism.
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Type of Study: Original/Research Article | Subject: epidemiology
Received: 2021/08/11 | Accepted: 2022/02/13 | ePublished: 2022/03/16

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