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Italian Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 2005 December;12(4):139-42

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Embolotherapy of large pulmonary arteriovenous malformation

Caronno R. 1, Piffaretti G. 1, Tozzi M. 1, Lomazzi C. 1, Laganà D. 2, Carrafiello G. 2, Cuffari S. 3, Castelli P. 1

1 Unit of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery University of Insubria, Varese, Italy 2 Department of Radiology University of Insubria, Varese, Italy 3 Unit of Anesthesia and Palliative Care University of Insubria, Varese, Italy


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We report a rare case of a large pulmonary arteriovenous malformation of the left lung in a young female patient, successfully managed with coils embolization. A young 45-year female patient was referred at our department due to cyanosis, clubbing and exertional dyspnea noted during a routine evaluation. Gas analysis showed pH 7.38, pO2 73.3 mmHg, pCO2 38.4 mmHg. The patient first underwent a complete diagnostic radiological work-up with chest X-rays and CT-angiography; preliminary pulmonary digital subtraction angiography was performed and revealed a large vessel feeding a large arteriovenous fistula 4 × 5 cm, occupying the lower lobe of the left lung. Feeding vessels were embolized with platinum coils. Blood saturation improved from 85% preoperatively to 97% postoperatively. She was discharged uneventful the day after. Embolotherapy provides potential advantages over surgical intervention, including lower invasiveness, postprocedural pain and morbidity, and shorter hospital stays.

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