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Osaka City Med J. 2012 Dec;58(2):87-90.

Very rare survival case of elective surgery for a ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm.

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Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Rinku General Medical Center, 2-23 Rinku-orai-kita, Izumisano, Osaka 598-8577, Japan.


We report a very rare case of survival after a ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA). An 84-year-old man was transferred to a local hospital because of unconsciousness. Computed tomography showed a ruptured TAA and he was referred to our hospital for management. Although emergency surgery was recommended, the patient rejected it and remained hospitalized for conservative management. One week later, the patient decided to proceed with the surgery and graft replacement was successfully performed. His recovery was uneventful.

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