Conservative treatment for rupture of thoracic aortic aneurysm

Namai, Asako; Sakurai, Masahiro
June 2008
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;Jun2008, Vol. 33 Issue 6, p1146
Academic Journal
Abstract: We present a case of an 88-year-old female with a history of tuberculosis, who was transferred to our hospital due to the sudden onset of epigastralgia and back pain. A chest X-ray demonstrated a bilateral shadow of the upper lung, which suggested the history of tuberculosis. A computed tomography scan demonstrated a large amount of hematoma from the neck to mediastinum and leakage of contrast medium around the distal aortic arch. We diagnosed rupture of thoracic aortic aneurysm, and selected conservative treatment. The patient was intubated under sedation and blood pressure was controlled with vasodepressors. The patient was completely off the ventilator after 65 days of disease, and the patient was discharged after 4 months. This is the first successful case of conservative therapy for ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm.


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