Case Report| Volume 39, ISSUE 3, P513-515, May 2015

A potential role of ECG-gated CT for the diagnosis of pulmonary vein thrombus: an illustrative case report

Published:November 21, 2014DOI:


      The presence of tumor thrombus in patients with lung cancer confers a risk of stroke and other end-organ ischemic events. This case highlights a potential role for electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated computed tomography (CT) in the diagnosis of this pathologic process. In this case, pulmonary vein thrombus was definitively identified by an ECG-CT following discordant results between CT and transthoracic echocardiogram. In addition, this case demonstrates how management decisions are affected by physician accessibility to and familiarity with specific imaging tests.


      CT (Computed tomography), MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging), DWI (Diffusion weighted imaging), TTE (Transthoracic echocardiogram), ECG (Electrocardiogram), TEE (Transesophageal echocardiogram), ICU (Intensive care unit)


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