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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 906250, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/906250
Case Report

Late Diagnosis of Silent Thoracic Aortic Rupture Presented as a Right Pleural Effusion

1Thoracic Surgery Department, Sismanoglio General Hospital, 1 Sismanogliou Street, Marousi, 151 26 Athens, Greece
2Department of Vascular Surgery, Sismanoglio General Hospital, 1 Sismanogliou Street, Marousi, 151 26 Athens, Greece

Received 20 May 2012; Revised 1 December 2012; Accepted 15 December 2012

Academic Editor: T. A. Salerno

Copyright © 2012 Meletios A. Kanakis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Patients with ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm rarely present in a stable clinical condition. A man was referred to our hospital with the diagnosis of ruptured saccular aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta. He successfully underwent both endovascular graft repair and open thoracotomy.