What is the relationship between pulmonary embolism (PE) and cancer?

Updated: Sep 18, 2020
  • Author: Daniel R Ouellette, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Malignancy has been identified in 17% of patients with venous thromboembolism. Pulmonary emboli have been reported to occur in association with solid tumors, leukemias, and lymphomas. This is probably independent of the indwelling catheters often used in such patients. [13] The neoplasms most commonly associated with pulmonary embolism, in descending order of frequency, are pancreatic carcinoma; bronchogenic carcinoma; and carcinomas of the genitourinary tract, colon, stomach, and breast.

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