Rupture of an ascending aortic aneurysm as a cause of sudden death

Authors

  • Cristielle Peres de Freitas Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina. Anatomic Pathology Department
  • Carla Andrade Petrini Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clínicas. Emergency Department
  • Ramon Souza Goes Araújo Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clínicas. Emergency Department
  • Luiz Guilherme Cernaglia Aureliano Lima Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina. Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo. Anatomic Pathology Department
  • Patrícia Picciarelli de Lima Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina. Anatomic Pathology Department
  • Amaro Nunes Duarte-Neto Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina. Anatomic Pathology Department Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clínicas. Emergency Department

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4322/acr.2016.044

Keywords:

Aortic Aneurysm, Death, Sudden, Atherosclerosis

Abstract

An 84-year-old female patient was brought to the emergency department in cardiac arrest. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers were performed but were unsuccessful. The patient had a past medical history of systemic arterial hypertension with target-organ lesions, including stroke and myocardial infarction. The autopsy was carried out, and the most striking finding was cardiac tamponade due to the rupture of an ascending aortic aneurysm at the site of a complex atheromatous plaque. Rupture is the most serious complication of a thoracic aneurysm and must be considered in the differential diagnosis of sudden death

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Published

2016-09-11

How to Cite

Freitas, C. P. de, Petrini, C. A., Araújo, R. S. G., Lima, L. G. C. A., Lima, P. P. de, & Duarte-Neto, A. N. (2016). Rupture of an ascending aortic aneurysm as a cause of sudden death. Autopsy and Case Reports, 6(3), 23-28. https://doi.org/10.4322/acr.2016.044

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Article / Autopsy Case Report