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Thoracic aortic pseudoaneurysm following noncardiovascular surgery: a rare complication that can mimic common chest emergencies.
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PMID:  20890255     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pseudoaneurysm of the thoracic aorta is an extremely rare and potentially fatal condition that can mimic acute coronary syndrome, aortic dissection, or pulmonary embolism. Chest trauma and aortic surgery are the usual predisposing factors. Rarely, noncardiovascular thoracic surgeries can result in aortic pseudoaneurysm secondary to unrecognized perioperative injury. Clinical presentation is very variable, and a high index of suspicion is necessary for diagnosis. Computed tomography or magnetic resonance angiography is the preferred diagnostic test. In this paper, we report the case of a 58-year-old woman who presented with atypical chest pain due to a thoracic aortic pseudoaneurysm, most likely a result of previous nonvascular surgery.
Venkata M Alla; Prakash G Suryanarayana; Senthil K Thambidorai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  103     ISSN:  1541-8243     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-02     Completed Date:  2010-12-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1186-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Cardiology, Creighton University, Omaha, NE 68131, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aneurysm, False / diagnosis,  etiology*
Aorta, Thoracic*
Chest Pain / etiology*
Lung Neoplasms / complications,  surgery
Magnetic Resonance Angiography
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications / diagnosis*

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