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Ruptured bronchial artery aneurysm: a rare cause of chest pain




Mangas Ramírez S, Moreno Terriza MM, Arias Díaz M, Navarro Bernal JM



Servicio de Urgencias, Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, Servicio de Radiodiagnóstico, Hospital General Básico de Motril, Granada, Spain.



Bronchial artery aneurysms are extremely rare and clinical manifestations do not usually
present until they rupture, an event which can be life-threatening. When a mediastinal
bronchial aneurysm ruptures the clinical picture mimics aortic dissection, and early
diagnosis and effective management will be essential for resolving this emergency
satisfactorily. Definitive diagnosis is usually based on selective arteriography, although
thoracic computed tomography can occasionally be diagnostic.


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