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Article in Japanese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-361934


A 76-year-old male was admitted to our hospital because of melena. However, no remarkable findings of rupture were shown by enhanced CT scan and angiography. On the 9th day of admission, he fell into a state of shock because of sudden massive bloody intestinal discharge. Colonofiberscopic findings revealed a primary arterio-enteric fistula. Therefore, an emergency operation was undertaken. Following aneurysmectomy, colostomy was performed in the descending colon. Right axillo-femoral artery bypass was finally performed as an extra-anatomical bypass to secure the right leg blood flow.

Article in Japanese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-366118


Patients with an aortic aneurysm have a high incidence of coronary artery disease. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) has not established as a safe, effective procedure in patients with an aortic aneurysm. From November 1987 to November 1993, 5 patients underwent PTCA prior to aortic aneurysm repair. Three patients had abdominal aortic aneurysm and 2 had thoracic aortic aneurysm. There were 4 men and 1 woman whose mean age was 68 years (range 63 to 76). In 4 patients primary success of PTCA was achieved. The remaining 1 patient failed PTCA and underwent emergency coronary bypass surgery. Early mortality was 0%. All five were followed up after aneurysm repair for a mean of 28 months (range 12-66 months). There was no myocardial infarction or death. These results indicate that PTCA prior to aneurysm repair is a relatively safe and effective procedure, particularly in elderly patients with an aortic aneurysm.