Pneumatic-aorta: an unusual aetiology for stroke

Khurum Mazhar, Aditya Narain, Saifullah Mohamed, Akshay J Patel, Qamar Abid, George Bouras

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The following report describes a case in which air in the aorta led to stroke from cerebral emboli in a patient with distal oesophageal cancer. The patient presented with clinical features of a right-sided stroke. Computed tomography scans revealed air in the ascending aorta and brachiocephalic artery as a result of an oesophago-atrial fistula. The patient deteriorated and died soon after hospital admission despite conservative measures successfully dissipating the air. When encountered, emergent treatment of the underlying cause should be addressed but the outcome remains poor.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberrjaa193
JournalJournal of Surgical Case Reports
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


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