Obstructive pneumonia: an indication for surgery in mega-aorta syndrome

M Kalkat, Robert Bonser

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A 76-year-old woman with annuloaortic ectasia, aortic regurgitation, and aneurysmal dilatation extending from the root to mid descending aorta presented with symptoms of bronchial compression and obstructive pneumonitis. Despite vigorous antibiotic treatment and physiotherapy, the pneumonitis persisted with clinical and radiologic deterioration. An emergency operation was performed to relieve bronchial compression. The operation comprised homograft aortic root replacement with prosthetic replacement of the arch and descending aorta. Postoperatively the pneumonia rapidly resolved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1313-1315
Number of pages3
JournalThe Annals of thoracic surgery
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2003


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