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Anaesth Intensive Care. 2003 Aug;31(4):455-60.

Epidural anaesthesia for endovascular stent graft repair of a ruptured thoracic aneurysm.

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  • 1Santa Maria degli Angeli Hospital, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Montereale 24 Street, 33170 Pordenone, Italy.


We present a case report of the anaesthetic management of a 77-year-old man requiring endovascular thoracic stent graft repair. The patient had a history of poorly controlled type II diabetes mellitus and chronic renal failure. Chest X-ray and CT scan showed a right pleural effusion, generalized emphysema and an enlarged thyroid extending into the upper mediastinum, compromising the tracheal lumen. Endovascular stent graft repair was successfully performed under epidural anaesthesia and intravenous sedation.

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