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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2002 October;43(5):661-3

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language: English

Pulmonary artery aneurysms developed in a family

Aoyagi S., Hiratsuka R., Takaseya T., Yokose S.

Department of Surgery, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan


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Pulmonary ­artery aneu­rysm (PAA) is a ­rare con­di­tion, and its path­o­gen­e­sis and clin­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance are not clear­ly under­stood. Although ­reports of ­this con­di­tion ­have ­increased, PAAs devel­oped in a fam­i­ly ­have nev­er ­been report­ed. We ­describe PAA asso­ciat­ed ­with atri­al sep­tal ­defect in a moth­er and daugh­ter. A PAA in the moth­er was treat­ed by pul­mo­nary ­root replace­ment ­with a Freestyle aor­tic ­root bio­pros­the­sis. A PAA in the daugh­ter has ­been fol­lowed up ­because of a ­small ­shunt ­through the ­defect. In addi­tion to the ­increased pul­mo­nary ­blood ­flow, con­gen­i­tal weak­ness of the PA ­wall ­must ­have con­trib­ut­ed to devel­op­ment of PAAs in our ­patients.

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