Ann Thorac Surg 2001;71:1030-1032
© 2001 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
a Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
b Department of Anatomical Pathology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Accepted for publication September 6, 2000.
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A 31-year-old woman who had undergone left pneumonectomy for a tuberculosis-destroyed left lung 3 years previously presented in respiratory distress after a pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia and aspiration pneumonia. Investigation revealed a large aortic arch aneurysm as well as a filling defect in the descending thoracic aortic lumen. Emergency aortic arch reconstruction was performed for a massive pseudoaneurysm or contained rupture filling the entire postpneumonectomy space. Pathologic and microbiological examination demonstrated Aspergillus fumigatus and active inflammation.
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