Hepatic breast cancer dissemination after an iatrogenic hepatic laceration during talc pleurodesis: a case report

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BACKGROUND Talc pleurodesis is an effective treatment for malignant pleural effusion. We present a case of an asymptomatic hepatic laceration that occurred during pleurodesis in a breast cancer patient and led to hepatic tumor dissemination. DISCUSSION Pleurodesis is a relatively safe procedure, although previous studies have described malignant invasion of scar tissue. CONCLUSION To our knowledge, this is the first case report of tumor spread due to a liver puncture during talc pleurodesis in a breast cancer patient.

DOI: 10.1186/1755-7682-3-6

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@inproceedings{BoschBarrera2010HepaticBC, title={Hepatic breast cancer dissemination after an iatrogenic hepatic laceration during talc pleurodesis: a case report}, author={Joaquim Bosch-Barrera and Jaime Espin{\'o}s}, booktitle={International archives of medicine}, year={2010} }