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J Card Surg. 2010 Nov;25(6):749-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2010.01138.x. Epub 2010 Oct 11.

Acute cholecystitis preceding mycotic aortic pseudoaneurysm in a heart transplant recipient.

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  • 1Division of Cardiac Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


Mycotic pseudoaneurysm is a rare complication after orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT). This case describes a middle-aged OHT recipient who developed a mycotic pseudoaneurysm after an episode of acute cholecystitis. The region of involved aorta was effectively repaired using a patch of bovine pericardium and a brief period of hypothermic circulatory arrest.

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