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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Chondrosarcoma presenting as dyspnea in a 19-year-old man: a case report

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Rajasekharan Chandrasekharan, Mithun Chalakarayil Bhagavaldas, Ashish Jacob Mathew
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-150) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

RC was the primary clinician and prepared the manuscript. MCB was the resident in charge of the patient. AJM was the resident in the unit and prepared the manuscript. All the authors have read and approved the final manuscript.



Acute pulmonary embolism has varied presentations ranging from asymptomatic, incidentally discovered emboli to massive embolism, causing immediate death. Tumor embolism is a rare but unique complication of malignancies. This uncommon catastrophe of a malignant tumor in a young patient, culminating as a pulmonary embolism, is being reported for the first time.

Case presentation

A 19-year-old Asian man presented to the emergency service at our hospital with acute onset dyspnea. His clinical examination led to the suspicion of an acute pulmonary embolism with a lower lumbosacral radiculopathy. A magnetic resonance imaging scan of the pelvis demonstrated a chondrosarcoma arising from the right iliac wing, eroding into the common iliac vein and creeping up the inferior vena cava to lodge in the pulmonary artery, thus producing a saddle embolus.


The importance of exploring for malignancies in the event of an idiopathic pulmonary embolism is highlighted. Early detection of such malignancies can substantially affect the outcome in young patients.

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