Identifying oncological emergencies

Achuta K. Guddati, Nilay Kumar, Ankur Segon, Parijat S. Joy, Creticus P. Marak, Gagan Kumar

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Prompt identification and treatment of lifethreatening oncological conditions is of utmost importance and should always be included in the differential diagnosis. Oncological emergencies can have a myriad of presentations ranging from mechanical obstruction due to tumor growth to metabolic conditions due to abnormal secretions from the tumor. Notably, hematologic and infectious conditions may complicate the presentation of oncological emergencies. Advanced testing and imaging is generally required to recognize these serious presentations of common malignancies. Early diagnosis and treatment of these conditions can significantly affect the patient's clinical outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number669
JournalMedical Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Airway obstruction
  • Leukostasis
  • Oncological emergencies
  • SVC syndrome
  • Spinal cord compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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