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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 473732, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/473732
Case Report

Giant Aortic Pseudoaneurysm with Stanford Type A Aortic Dissection after Aortic Valve Replacement

1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Cankiri State Hospital, Cankiri 18100, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Trabzon Ahi Evren Training and Research Hospital, Trabzon 61040, Turkey
31st Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Izmir Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Izmir 35150, Turkey

Received 27 September 2011; Accepted 20 December 2011

Academic Editor: Frank A. Pigula

Copyright © 2012 Mertay Boran 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

Giant pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta is a rare but dreadful complication occurring several months or years after aortic surgery. Thoracic aortic aneurysms tend to be asymptomatic and were previously often diagnosed only after a complication such as dissection or rupture. We present a rare case of giant ascending aneurysm with Stanford type A aortic dissection occurring 6 years after aortic valve replacement and also illustrate the potential dimensions the ascending aorta may reach by a pseudoaneurysm and dissection after AVR.