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Massive hemorrhage caused by major pulmonary vessel-cutaneous fistula in the late postoperative period: report of two cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16378201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sudden life-threatening hemorrhage caused by erosion of the wall of a thoracic blood vessel such as the aorta, pulmonary artery, or pulmonary vein, in the late postoperative period is extremely rare and presents a challenging emergency. We report the cases of two patients whose only clinical manifestation was a hemorrhagic cutaneous chest wall fistula. Both patients were treated by emergency surgery. The diagnosis and management of this clinical entity requires a high index of suspicion and innovative therapeutic solutions.
Panagiotis Misthos; Evangelos Sepsas; Kalliopi Athanassiadi; Ioannis Skottis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Surgery today     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0941-1291     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg. Today     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-26     Completed Date:  2006-09-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204360     Medline TA:  Surg Today     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  82-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
First Department of Thoracic Surgery, Sotiria General Hospital for Chest Diseases, 7 P. Dimitrakopoulou Street, 11141 Athens, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Arteriovenous Fistula / complications*
Cutaneous Fistula / complications*
Hemorrhage / etiology*
Middle Aged
Postoperative Period*
Thoracic Wall / physiopathology*
Time Factors

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