Hepatic breast cancer dissemination after an iatrogenic hepatic laceration during talc pleurodesis: a case report
Bosch-Barrera J, Espinós J.
Department of Oncology, Clínica Universidad de Navarra, Universidad de Navarra, Calle Pío XII 36, 31008, Pamplona, Spain.
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.
Pleurodesis is a relatively safe procedure, although previous studies have described malignant invasion of scar tissue.
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.
CITATION Int Arch Med. 2010 May 6;3:6