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October 1975

Sudden Death From Ruptured Intercostal Artery Aneurysm: A Late Complication of Thoracotomy

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From Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(10):1253-1254. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360160091019

Following partial ligation of an intercostal artery at thoracotomy, a poststenotic aneurysm developed over a four-year period. It eventually eroded the ribs and ruptured locally, causing a pulsating hematoma that became infected and caused Escherichia coli septicemia. The aneurysm remained undetected, and further rupture caused death.

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