Background: Breast Cancer in elderly patients is a significant health problem representing an important source of morbidity and mortality. Although the most common presentation is the presence of a palpable lump there may be, especially in the elderly population, rare clinical manifestations such as thromboembolic events that often involve the upper limbs. Methods. We retrospectively reviewed a ten year clinical casuistry of patients with Breast Cancer who presented for an initial diagnosis of upper extremity vein thrombosis. Results: 13 patients with initial diagnosis of upper limbs vein thrombosis (1M-12 F; age range 48-76; median age 70 years) resulted affected from Breast Cancer. The diagnosis of vein thrombosis represented the first clinical manifestation related to thier malingancy. All patients of our casuistry had positive ER/PR receptor status. Conclusions: A case of upper vein extrmity thrombosis in an elderly patient should prompt a high index of suspicion for breast malignancy in order to avoid diagnostic delay that may retard appropriate treatment. © 2013 Serra et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Upper extremity vein thrombosis: An alert symptom of breast cancer in elderly patients. Experience on personal casuistry and review of the literature

PERRI, Paolo;GASBARRO, Vincenzo;
2013

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Background: Breast Cancer in elderly patients is a significant health problem representing an important source of morbidity and mortality. Although the most common presentation is the presence of a palpable lump there may be, especially in the elderly population, rare clinical manifestations such as thromboembolic events that often involve the upper limbs. Methods. We retrospectively reviewed a ten year clinical casuistry of patients with Breast Cancer who presented for an initial diagnosis of upper extremity vein thrombosis. Results: 13 patients with initial diagnosis of upper limbs vein thrombosis (1M-12 F; age range 48-76; median age 70 years) resulted affected from Breast Cancer. The diagnosis of vein thrombosis represented the first clinical manifestation related to thier malingancy. All patients of our casuistry had positive ER/PR receptor status. Conclusions: A case of upper vein extrmity thrombosis in an elderly patient should prompt a high index of suspicion for breast malignancy in order to avoid diagnostic delay that may retard appropriate treatment. © 2013 Serra et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Serra, Raffaele; Compagna, Rita; Grande, Raffaele; Perri, Paolo; Buffone, Gianluca; Gasbarro, Vincenzo; Accurso, Antonello; Danzi, Michele; Aprea, Giovanni; Amato, Bruno; De Franciscis, Stefano
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