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Radiol Case Rep. 2017 Apr 12;12(2):331-334. doi: 10.1016/j.radcr.2017.03.008. eCollection 2017 Jun.

Aortoenteric fistulae temporization and treatment: lessons learned from a multidisciplinary approach to 3 patients.

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Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.


Aortoenteric fistulae are life-threatening conditions characterized by abnormal communications between the aorta and gastrointestinal tract. Aortoenteric fistulae may be characterized by the triad of bleeding, abdominal pain, or a pulsatile abdominal mass. Although hemorrhage is the most common presentation, it does not always occur; thus, patients may present with nonspecific symptoms. Computed tomography angiography findings suggestive of aortoenteric fistulae include ectopic gas within or adjacent to the aorta, discontinuity of the aortic wall, bowel wall thickening, and extravasation of contrast into the bowel. Endovascular treatments include retrograde balloon occlusion of the aorta and stent-graft deployment as well as coil, fibrin, and glue embolization of the fistulous tract. This report describes 3 cases of aortoenteric fistulae temporized and treated by interventional radiology and vascular and cardiac surgery at a single institution in an effort to increase awareness of this important clinical condition.


Aortoenteric fistulae; Endovascular treatment; Fistula; Interventional

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