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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 5, Issue 4, Pages 307-311
Case Report

Mycotic Pulmonary Arterial Aneurysms in an Intravenous Drug User

Laura McLean, Sat Sharma, and Bruce Maycher

Departments of Internal Medicine and Radiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Copyright © 1998 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


A case of mycotic pulmonary artery aneurysm (PAA) in an intravenous drug user in whom resolution occurred with conservative therapy is described. The natural history of PAA is not well described in the literature. Although PAA is potentially fatal, resolution may occur in patients who do not have hemoptysis. Clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of PAA are reviewed.