An unusual complication of left ventricular pseudoaneurysm: hemoptysis

Chest. 1988 Feb;93(2):429-31. doi: 10.1378/chest.93.2.429.


Left ventricular aneurysm is a common sequela of anterior myocardial infarction. At the time of coronary artery bypass grafting, resection of this aneurysm is frequently undertaken to alleviate symptoms of heart failure and/or refractory ventricular tachycardia. Complications related to aneurysmectomy are uncommon. We describe an unusual patient who presented with hemoptysis related to the formation of a pseudoaneurysm which communicated with the lung parenchyma. The etiology of the pseudoaneurysm formation was an indolent, slow-growing infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cardiomyopathies / complications
  • Cardiomyopathies / etiology
  • Female
  • Fistula / complications
  • Fistula / etiology
  • Heart Aneurysm / complications*
  • Hemoptysis / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / complications
  • Lung Diseases / etiology