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Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2009, Article ID 748272, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2009/748272
Case Report

Closure of a Giant Saphenous Vein Graft Aneurysm with Embolization Coil

1Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th Street, Lubbock, TX 79430, USA
2Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th Street, Lubbock, TX 79430, USA

Received 4 May 2009; Accepted 18 August 2009

Academic Editor: David J. Chambers

Copyright © 2009 Ashwani Kumar 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

Aneurysms of saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) to coronary arteries are rare, usually asymptomatic and found incidentally. We report a case of an 84-year-old female who was found to have 8.1 × 8.4 cm aneurysm of an SVG to obtuse marginal (OM) artery. The aneurysm was prior to the distal anastamosis but no flow into the OM artery was noted. Cook Tornado Embolization Coils were used successfully to occlude the SVG proximal to the aneurysm. No complications occurred. The use of embolization coils is an effective and safe method for aneurysm occlusion when the anatomy is suitable and especially when patient is high risk for repeat surgical intervention.