F. D. MCCANDLESS, M.D.; WILLIAM W. FALOON, M.D.
Metastatic tumors of the heart and pericardium are not uncommon. Reports of their incidence vary from 6.2 per cent to 10.9 per cent of all malignant disease.1, 2 There are, however, few reports of the antemortem diagnosis of this condition, since such a diagnosis depends not only upon the suspicions of the clinician, but also upon the demonstration of neoplastic cells in the heart or pericardium. Perhaps the most important diagnostic aid is the cytological study of pericardial fluid. Pericardial effusion is often, though not regularly, present. Even by this method the number of instances in which an accurate antemortem
MCCANDLESS FD, FALOON WW. THE DIAGNOSIS OF METASTATIC TUMOR BY CYTOLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF THE PERICARDIAL FLUID; REPORT OF A CASE USING SHORR'S STAIN1. Ann Intern Med. ;29:1157–1168. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-29-6-1157
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;29(6):1157-1168.
Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Pericardial Disease.
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