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Minerva Pneumologica 2000 March;39(1):33-8

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Idiopathic dilatation of the pulmonary artery sparing the right main branch

Koulouris S., Tsilias K., Kokotsakis I., Kranidis A., Argiriou M., Tavernarakis A., Margaris N.


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We present a case of idiopathic dilatation of the trunk and the left main pulmonary artery, in a 73-year-old lady, who presented with palpitations. The diagnosis was made noninvasively with the aid of Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance imaging and was confirmed by right heart catheterization and pulmonary angiography. Echocardiography was unable to provide any diagnostic clues in this particular case. The present congenital disorder, is rare, as the right main pulmonary artery was spared by the dilatation process. The prognosis is expected to be benign, however a regular follow-up with noninvasive imaging tecniques, was recommended, as this particular case represents an aberrant form of the disease.

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