Aortobronchial Fistula: Keys to Successful Management

Demeter, Stephen L.; Cordasco, Edward M.
July 1980
Angiology;Jul1980, Vol. 31 Issue 7, p481
Academic Journal
Aortobronchial fistula is a rare but highly lethal condition. If it is diagnosed, survival rates are greater than 80%; if not, the condition is uniformly fatal with death usually due to massive hemoptysis. A high index of suspicion is necessary to establish the diagnosis. The most consistent symptoms are hemoptysis (96%) and massive hemoptysis (79%). The most rewarding test is a thoracic aortogram (with a sensitivity of 71%). Characteristics of this condition, as described in the literature, and an illustrative case are presented.


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