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Pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm after a left upper sleeve lobectomy

Minwei Bao, Yiming Zhou, Gening Jiang and Chang Chen*

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Department of General Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai, 200433, China

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World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2013, 11:272  doi:10.1186/1477-7819-11-272

Published: 13 October 2013


A 55-year-old man was re-admitted for persistent hemoptysis and high fever three weeks after an initial left upper sleeve lobectomy for a central squamous lung cancer tumor. Pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm and pulmonary infection were confirmed by multidetector computed tomography angiography and subsequent emergency completion pneumonectomy. The development of pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm, secondary to post-operative pulmonary infection and pulmonary vascular manipulation, is rare and prompt surgical manipulation is mandatory.

Aneurysm; Lobectomy; Reoperation; Trauma