An uncommon cause of chest pain in the deployed soldier

Mil Med. 2011 Apr;176(4):414-9. doi: 10.7205/milmed-d-10-00351.


Chest pain is a common complaint at medical treatment facilities during combat operations. The initial evaluation focuses on potentially life-threatening conditions (acute coronary syndrome, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolus), in addition to pericarditis and benign musculoskeletal conditions such as costochondritis. Pulmonary arteriovenous malformation is a rare condition, but an important diagnostic consideration in soldiers who present with chest pain and/or hypoxia and in whom other life-threatening conditions, such as cardiovascular disasters and pulmonary embolus, are excluded. We present the case of a male soldier deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom, who was air-evacuated back to Washington, DC, for definitive care. We present his case and a review of the relevant literatures on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with pulmonary arteriovenous malformations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Angiography
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / complications*
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / therapy
  • Chest Pain / etiology*
  • Echocardiography
  • Embolization, Therapeutic
  • Humans
  • Lung / blood supply*
  • Male
  • Military Personnel*
  • United States