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Chin J Traumatol. 2013;16(6):368-70.

Iatrogenic aortic pseudoaneurysm following anterior thoracic spine surgery masquerading as chronic infection.

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Department of Orthopaedics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Research and Education, Chandigarh, India.


Late vascular complications involving aorta are rare but devastating adversities following anterior thoracic spine operations are present. The current article describes our experience with one such patient who had an iatrogenic pseudoaneurysm of the thoracic aorta, mimicking infection. The patient was treated successfully following concomitant efforts by multidisciplinary experts with shunting. We wish to highlight upon the significance of recognizing the possible sinister consequences of a dangerously prominent spinal implant and the role of a suspicious surgeon in identifying these menacing complications at the right time.

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