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Femoral Artery Pseudoaneurysm and Sudden Death

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Abstract:  Pseudoaneurysm formation may be a late complication of vascular grafting. A case of sudden death in an 83‐year‐old woman with a previous aortobifemoral bypass graft is reported that was due to spontaneous hemorrhage from a pseudoaneurysm of the graft site that had eroded through the overlying skin and subcutaneous tissues. Pseudoaneuryms do not have to be of a particularly large size for rupture to occur. Social isolation and age‐related cognitive impairment may delay treatment in older individuals resulting in a lethal outcome. The elderly are also more vulnerable to serious morbidity and death under these circumstances owing to significant underlying cardiovascular and respiratory disease and/or anticoagulant medication. Rarer conditions that may cause pseudoaneurysms include tumors and vasculidites. The possibility of an infectious contribution to the pseudoaneurysm should be considered and microbiological sampling undertaken.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Discipline of Pathology, The University of Adelaide, Frome Rd., Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia. 2: Forensic Science SA, 21 Divett Place, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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