Penetrating chest trauma after attempted suicide: An extraordinary behavior of a posttraumatic pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm

Penetrating chest trauma after attempted suicide: An extraordinary behavior of a posttraumatic pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm

Sylvia Nyilas, Daniel Ott, Hendrik von Tengg-Kobligk, Alexander Poellinger, Patrick Dorn

Abstract


Posttraumatic pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm is a very rare, yet potentially lethal complication after thoracic trauma. Pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm is associated with high mortality. Still literature highlights that untreated, lesions can enlarge, rupture, and lead to exsanguination and death. We present a case of a posttraumatic peripheral pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm with complete disappearance after one year. This case confirms that conservative treatment can be an effective option in asymptomatic and stable patients.

Keywords


Penetrating chest trauma; pulmonary artery; pseudoaneurysm; non-operative treatment; spontaneous resolution; contrast enhanced computed tomography



DOI: https://doi.org/10.3941/jrcr.v14i7.3842