Remnant of a non-patent ductus arteriosus mimicking traumatic thoracic aorta transection: A case report

Efstratios E. Apostolakis, Nikolaos G. Baikoussis, Christina Kalogeropoulou, Efstratios Koletsis, Ioanna Koniari, Dimitrios Karnabatidis, Menelaos Karanikolas

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Abstract

We present an interesting case of a 53-year-old man with a non-patent ductus arteriosus erroneously diagnosed as acute thoracic aorta transection after a car accident. The aortography revealed a "rupture" of the linear inner curve of the aorta in the isthmus area, as well as a protrusion of the aortic lumen in the corresponding area. During the followed thoracotomy an intact thoracic aorta and the remnant of a non-patent ligamentum arteriosum were found. It is the first reported case and we review all the possible entities which may give a false-positive image of traumatic aortic transection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 9 2010
Externally publishedYes

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