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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2002 August;43(4):527-9

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language: English

Thoracic venous aneurysms. Clinical observation

Regueiro Mira F., Galbis Caravajal J. M., Cantó Armengod A.

Tho­racic Sur­gery Ser­vice, Hos­pital Gen­eral Uni­ver­sit­ario, ­Valencia, ­Spain


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Venous aneu­rysms are infre­quent vas­cular alter­a­tions. ­Their ­origin is not ­well ­known, but path­o­logic ­study ­reveals prob­ably a sim­ilar nat­ural his­tory ­than the arte­rial aneu­rysms. ­Their clin­ical sig­nif­i­cance ­arises ­from the com­pli­ca­tions ­they can orig­i­nate, spe­cially in cer­tain loca­tions, ­which ­include pul­mo­nary embo­lism, and, on the ­other ­hand, dif­fe­ren­tial diag­nosis ­with cer­tain malig­nant pathol­o­gies may be nec­es­sary, ­depending ­upon the clin­ical con­text. A ­patient is pre­sented ­whose radio­graphic find­ings, in asso­ci­a­tion ­with clin­ical fac­tors, led to sur­gical explo­ra­tion to ­rule out malig­nant ­lung ­tumor. A ­left sub­cla­vian ­vein aneu­rysm was ­finally diag­nosed ­using mag­netic res­o­nance ­imaging.

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