Pulmonary artery aneurysm: is surgery always indicated?

Acta Cardiol. 1997;52(5):431-6.


The authors present a seventy-eight year old woman with an aneurysm of the main pulmonary artery. Although a surgical approach is generally considered life-saving by preventing rupture of the aneurysm, literature is unclear about possible rupture in the specific situation of a pulmonary artery aneurysm without a causative cardiac lesion and/or pulmonary hypertension. In fact, some reports suggest a conservative treatment for this specific entity. Therefore we did not operate on our patient and she remains stable at 18 months follow-up.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aneurysm / complications
  • Aneurysm / congenital
  • Aneurysm / diagnosis*
  • Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / prevention & control
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Echocardiography, Doppler
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Patient Selection*
  • Pulmonary Artery*
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis / complications
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed