Saphenous vein graft pseudoaneurysm formation after postoperative mediastinitis

Julian A. Smith, Jacob Goldstein

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Pseudoaneurysm formation involving the body of an aortocoronary saphenous vein graft is a rare event. True aneurysmal dilatation of the graft and anastomotic pseudoaneurysm formation occur more commonly. We present the case of a 73-year-old woman in whom a pseudoaneurysm communicating with the body of a posterior descending coronary artery saphenous wein graft developed, presumably after a postoperative sternal wound infection. The aneurysm was excised and the defect within the saphenous vein graft repaired using hypothermia and circulatory arrest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-768
Number of pages3
JournalThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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