Idiopathic spontaneous rupture of an intercostal artery

WMJ. 2014 Jun;113(3):116-8.


Spontaneous rupture of an intercostal artery is exceptionally rare without an inciting event such as trauma or nontraumatic arterial wall weakening. This report details the diagnosis and treatment of a 47-year-old man who presented with a spontaneous hemothorax from an intercostal artery. There are very few reports in the literature documenting spontaneous intercostal artery rupture without associated illness or injury.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Hemothorax* / diagnosis
  • Hemothorax* / etiology
  • Hemothorax* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Rupture, Spontaneous
  • Thoracic Arteries*