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Minerva Anestesiologica 2007 April;73(4):241-4

Copyright © 2007 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Utilization of recombinant activated factor VII in a case of spontaneous massive haemothorax in a patient with Von Recklinghausen’s disease

Radeschi G., Boris E. F., Sega P., Odetto L., Venturino S.

Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit, San Luigi Hospital, Orbassano (Turin), Italy


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Spontaneous haemothorax is a rare and often lethal complication of neurofibromatosis. Two kinds of vascular involvement are described: 1) stenotic or aneurysmatic modifications of large intrathoracic vessels, mainly treated with endovascular techniques; 2) dysplastic alterations in highly vascularized mesenchymal tumors. We describe a rare case of massive intrathoracic haemorrhage due to an upper mediastinic neurofibroma, successfully controlled with recombinant activated factor VII associated with surgical treatment.

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