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Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Rupture During Postpartum Period

Bhagavath, Prashantha and Rao, Lakshmi and Pai, Narasimha D and Kanchan, Tanuj and Neena , AV and Priyadarshini, * and Kumar, Pradeep G (2011) Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Rupture During Postpartum Period. Journal of Forensic Sciences.

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Abstract

Aortic aneurysm refers to the pathological dilatation of the normal aortic lumen involving one or several segments. Thoracic aortic aneurysms are much less common than aneurysms of the abdominal aorta. Descending thoracic aortic aneurysm leading to dissection and spontaneous rupture is a potentially catastrophic illness. Although rare, dissection and rupture of a preexisting aortic aneurysm have been reported during pregnancy and early puerperium. To the best of our knowledge, such cases among young pregnant women are rarely reported in literature. Herein, an autopsy case of spontaneous rupture of a clinically undiagnosed descending thoracic aortic aneurysm during early puerperium in a young woman is presented along with the review of relevant literature. The victim was found dead on her hospital bed on the seventh day of puerperium. Autopsy with ancillary investigations revealed that the young woman died because of hemothorax from a ruptured dissecting descending thoracic aortic aneurysm secondary to chronic aortitis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: forensic science, forensic pathology, autopsy, aortic aneurysm rupture, pregnancy, maternal, postpartum
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Cardiology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Pathology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 04:44
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2012 04:44
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76756

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