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Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Rupture During Postpartum Period.
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PMID:  21418215     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
  Aortic aneurysm refers to the pathological dilatation of the normal aortic lumen involving one or several segments. Thoracic aortic aneurysms are much less common than aneurysms of the abdominal aorta. Descending thoracic aortic aneurysm leading to dissection and spontaneous rupture is a potentially catastrophic illness. Although rare, dissection and rupture of a preexisting aortic aneurysm have been reported during pregnancy and early puerperium. To the best of our knowledge, such cases among young pregnant women are rarely reported in literature. Herein, an autopsy case of spontaneous rupture of a clinically undiagnosed descending thoracic aortic aneurysm during early puerperium in a young woman is presented along with the review of relevant literature. The victim was found dead on her hospital bed on the seventh day of puerperium. Autopsy with ancillary investigations revealed that the young woman died because of hemothorax from a ruptured dissecting descending thoracic aortic aneurysm secondary to chronic aortitis.
Francis N P Monteiro; Prashantha Bhagavath; Lakshmi Rao; Narasimha D Pai; Tanuj Kanchan; Ritesh G Menezes; Neena A V Priyadarshini; G Pradeep Kumar
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1556-4029     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, A. J. Institute of Medical Sciences (Affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences), Mangalore, India. Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Kasturba Medical College (Affiliated to Manipal University), Manipal, India. Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College (Affiliated to Manipal University), Manipal, India. Department of Cardiology, Kasturba Medical College (Affiliated to Manipal University), Mangalore, India. Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Kasturba Medical College (Affiliated to Manipal University), Mangalore, India. Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Mangalore, India.
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