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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 396832, 5 pages
Case Report

Sudden Unexpected Death in a Patient with Tumour Associated Pulmonary Embolism

1Department of Internal Medicine III, Cardiology, Angiology, and Pulmonology, University Hospital of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 410, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
2Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065, USA

Received 7 August 2014; Accepted 12 November 2014; Published 27 November 2014

Academic Editor: William J. Brady

Copyright © 2014 D. Laohachewin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Tumour embolisms are rare and in most cases sudden causes of death. Diagnosing this rare condition is still very challenging in the daily clinical routine. In this report we present a case of a lethal sudden pulmonary tumour embolism in a 71-year-old male patient, who was admitted for elective invasive coronary angiography due to suspected coronary artery disease. The patient had suspected Ormond’s disease and no previous history of tumour burden. Possible diagnostic and treatment options are discussed herein and an overview of the current literature is also presented.