Huge ruptured and infected pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta and aortic arch with erosion of sternum after previous cardiac surgery

Carrel, Thierry; Czerny, Martin; Reineke, David (2012). Huge ruptured and infected pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta and aortic arch with erosion of sternum after previous cardiac surgery. Seminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 24(3), pp. 229-31. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2012.09.001

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A 77-year-old woman underwent aortic valve replacement and coronary bypass grafting in 2007 in the Emirates. Evolution was uneventful until December 2011. After repeated episodes of unspecific infections, a computed tomographic scan showed a large pseudoaneurysm of the distal ascending aorta. The site of aortic rupture was closed with a Gore-Tex patch and a Staphylococcus aureus infection treated appropriately. Two months later, a small cutaneous lesion on the cranial part of the sternotomy started bleeding. Computed tomographic scan demonstrated recurrence of a false aneurysm with erosion of the sternum and a large subcutaneous hematoma caused by the fistula. The patient was transferred to our institution. The challenges of this case included safe surgical approach (sternotomy, cannulation, perfusion, cerebral protection) as well as complete removal and extensive debridement of the infected material and reconstruction of the aortic arch. Using fully biological material, reconstruction of the ascending aorta and proximal arch was successfully performed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Carrel, Thierry; Czerny, Martin and Reineke, David Christian

ISSN:

1043-0679

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:31

Last Modified:

11 Apr 2017 15:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1053/j.semtcvs.2012.09.001

PubMed ID:

23200081

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/11828 (FactScience: 218078)

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