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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Cardiaca, Vascolare e Toracica
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2002 August;43(4):527-9
Thoracic venous aneurysms. Clinical observation
Regueiro Mira F., Galbis Caravajal J. M., Cantó Armengod A.
Thoracic Surgery Service, Hospital General Universitario, Valencia, Spain
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.