Valvular Involvement in Cancer

  • Brent M. Parker

Abstract

Involvement of the cardiac valves with cancer is relatively infrequent, but clinically important valvular problems may arise. This is most often true with cardiac myxomas, which may cause valvular stenosis or insufficiency, and with nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis, which may occur as a late complication in patients with malignant neoplasms, especially adenocarcinoma. Valves are resistant to tumor invasion. The paucity of valvular lesions has been attributed to the relative avascularity of these structures. Hence, tumor involvement of the cardiac valves directly is very unusual. A possible scheme of valvular involvement is shown in Table 24.1.

Keywords

Adenocarcinoma Aspirin Oncol Sarcoma Neurol 

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