Crtical Care and Shock Journal

An Unusual Chest Pain

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A 67-year-old gentleman with a prior history of coronary artery disease and a four-vessel coronary artery bypass graft five years prior to admission, presented to the hospital complaining of a 12-day history of midsternal chest pain. A chest radiograph performed 18 months prior to this presentation revealed a normal cardiovascular silhouette and normal mediastinum. Upon presentation, a new chest radiograph revealed a wide mediastinum. A computed tomography done emergently revealed an aortic thrombus starting at superior mediastinum and large (6 cm) pseudoaneurysm in anterior mediastinum. An emergency angiogram revealed that the pseudoaneurysm to be emerging 2 cm below the innominate takeoff in the ascending aorta, which corresponded exactly to the prior CABG cannulation site. The patient underwent successful repair.

Salim R. Surani, Karrie Mclemore, Tay Nguyen, Joseph Varon

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