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Traumatic aorta to pulmonary artery fistula
  1. Rustik Zajtchuk,
  2. Leon Resnekov,
  3. Klaus Ranniger,
  4. Lorenzo Gonzalez-Lavin1
  1. Departments of Surgery, Cardiology, and Radiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637


    A case of chronic aortic to pulmonary artery traumatic fistula is presented and the surgical repair is detailed. Closure through the aorta is recommended; this approach provides a dry operative field and avoids the need for dissection of adhesions around the fistulous tract. Fistulae of this type are not common and the pertinent literature is reviewed.

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    • 1 Address reprint requests to: L. Gonzalez-Lavin, M.D., Department of Surgery, National Heart Hospital, Westmoreland Street, London W.1