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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
On-line version ISSN 1678-9741
SOBRAL, Marcelo Luiz Peixoto; SANTOS, Luis Alberto Saraiva; SANTOS, Gilmar Geraldo dos and STOLF, Noedir Antonio Groppo. Aortic arch aneurysm with aorto-pulmonary fistula: successful surgical repair. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2004, vol.19, n.4, pp.409-412. ISSN 1678-9741. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-76382004000400015.
Aortic arch aneurysm associated with an acute aorto-pulmonary fistula is rare and usually diagnosis is made during the postmortem. Few reports of successful surgical management have been reported and a high mortality rate remains. The authors report on a 78-year-old male patient with an acute aortic arch aneurysm communicating with the main pulmonary artery suffering from cardiac chest pain, hemodynamic instability and lung congestion. The patient underwent surgery to replace the distal ascending aorta, transverse aortic arch and proximal descending aorta as well as fistula closure. The operation was successful.
Keywords : Arterio-Arterial fistula [etiology]; Arterio-Arterial fistula [surgery]; Aortic aneurysm [complications]; Aortic aneurysm [surgery]; Aortic rupture [complications].