Monday, June 6, 2011

Q: What is Rasmussen's aneurysm?

Answer: Rasmussen's aneurysm is a pulmonary artery aneurysm adjacent or within a tuberculous cavity. It may lead to rupture and fatal hemoptysis. Rasmussen's aneurysm is caused by weakening of the pulmonary artery wall from adjacent cavitary tuberculosis.

Please see: Rasmussen's aneurysm (Dr. Arni Raghavendrarao Raghuram, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Center, Madurai, Tamilnadu) - pdf

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