Superficial temporal artery biopsy diagnostic for lung carcinoma.


Journal Article

PURPOSE: To report a unique finding of metastatic tumor cells in the lumen of a superficial temporal artery biopsy specimen in a patient with severe visual loss and optic neuropathy. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 69-year-old man presented with anorexia, pancranial headaches, and acute unilateral visual loss. Ophthalmic examination showed a visual acuity of no light perception and an amaurotic pupil in the left eye. Fundus examination was normal. A superficial temporal artery biopsy, performed for presumed arteritic posterior ischemic optic neuropathy, demonstrated intraluminal cells with irregular nuclei and prominent nucleoli suggestive of metastatic malignancy. Further systemic evaluation uncovered a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma of the lung with intravascular infiltration and multiple distant metastases. CONCLUSION: Extensive systemic intravascular tumor embolization may be associated with optic neuropathy.

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Cited Authors

  • Bhatti, MT; Furman, J; Gupta, S; Tabandeh, H; Monshizadeh, R

Published Date

  • July 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 132 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 135 - 138

PubMed ID

  • 11438078

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11438078

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9394

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0002-9394(00)00953-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States