The Research Roundup provides an overview of the past week’s research from Mayo Medical Laboratories consultants, including featured abstracts and complete list of published studies and reviews.
The prevalence of carcinoid heart disease (CaHD) in bronchopulmonary carcinoid and its relationship with left-sided valvular disease are unknown. All patients with a pathologic diagnosis of bronchopulmonary carcinoid and echocardiography performed at our institution between 2001 and 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. Echocardiograms were reviewed for features of CaHD including valvular leaflet thickening and retraction with resulting regurgitation and/or stenosis. CaHD occurs in less than 1% of patients with bronchopulmonary carcinoid. Bronchopulmonary carcinoid was associated with neither CaHD in the absence of liver metastases nor left-sided valve involvement in the absence of patent foramen ovale. The study was published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.