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Chest. 2013 Feb 1;143(2):549-53. doi: 10.1378/chest.11-3229.

An occult congenital fistula between the descending aorta and the left pulmonary vein in an adult presenting with recurrent episodes of hemoptysis.

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  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Institute of Surgery Research, Daping Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China.

Abstract

We report a case of recurrent hemoptysis due to an occult congenital fistula between the descending aorta and the left pulmonary vein in a 25-year-old female patient. The anomaly was confirmed by contrast-enhanced CT scan and angiography. No abnormality was noted in the bronchia and pulmonary arteries. The patient was successfully managed by simple ligation of the fistula. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of adult-onset hemoptysis caused by an occult congenital fistula between the descending aorta and a pulmonary vein.

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