Fatal aortic rupture during balloon dilatation of recoarctation

S. Balaji, R. Oommen, P. G. Rees

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In an eight year old boy with a patch aortoplasty, the aorta ruptured during balloon angioplasty for recoarctation. At necropsy a 1.5 cm long, full thickness tear and a separate, smaller, intimal tear were found. Histological examination showed thinning of the elastic laminae of the aorta. Angioplasty for recoarctation may be dangerous in patients with a patch aortoplasty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-101
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Heart Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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