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Ruptured Pulmonary Artery Aneurysm Mimicking Pulmonary Embolism

H. Rupprecht
1  Chirurgische Klinik 1, Klinikum Fürth, Fürth, Germany
,
M. Ghidau
1  Chirurgische Klinik 1, Klinikum Fürth, Fürth, Germany
,
D. Ditterich
1  Chirurgische Klinik 1, Klinikum Fürth, Fürth, Germany
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Publication History

13 October 2010

20 May 2011

Publication Date:
20 July 2011 (online)

Abstract

Aneurysms of the pulmonary artery are very rare pathological vascular conditions. Peripheral pulmonary aneurysms have been reported only in a few cases. The causes of these aneurysms include extensive degenerative changes, traumas, infection and congenital malformations. Because of the imminent danger of rupture, surgical treatment should always be preferred. The following case report demonstrates one of a multitude of possible misdiagnoses for rupture of a pulmonary aneurysm.