Surgical correction of a fistula between left pulmonary artery and innominate vein
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CitationKaplan, T., Atac, G. K., Ekmekci, P., Ozturk, E., & Han, S. (2014). Surgical Correction of a Fistula Between Left Pulmonary Artery and Innominate Vein. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 98(6), 2204–2206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.01.070
A 48-year-old woman with chronic dyspnea complaints was referred to the thoracic surgery clinic for a surgical lung biopsy to make a definitive diagnosis of interstitial lung disease. Thoracic computed tomography imaging revealed a vascular structure located anterior to the aorta, between the left innominate vein and the pulmonary artery. Magnetic resonance angiography showed the abnormal vessel connection in detail. Pulmonary perfusion scintigraphy showed decreased perfusion of the left upper lobe and the superior lingular segment. A fistulectomy was performed through a mini thoracotomy. The patient no longer had any dyspnea symptoms after the operation. (C) 2014 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.