Saphenous vein graft aneurysm or pseudoaneurysm, and thoracic aortic false aneurysm are rare, but potentially lethal complications of cardiac surgery. We report a case of a 63 year old man who presented 5 years after coronary artery bypass grafting with a chronically discharging sternal wound. A thoracic computerized tomogram revealed a large aortic false aneurysm, presumed to be infective from the clinical scenario. Subsequently, this was shown at operation to be a non-infected thrombosed saphenous vein graft pseudoaneurysm. Definitive confirmation of a non-infective pathology prior to surgery could have prompted non-surgical management with radiological intervention.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Apr 2013|
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