Isolated aneurysms or ruptures of the innominate artery are rare causes of the superior vena cava syndrome. We report on a patient who suffered an isolated acute expansion and rupture of an innominate artery aneurysm that precipitated a dramatic superior vena cava syndrome. Immediate repair using modern surgical techniques, cardiopulmonary bypass, profound hypothermia, circulatory arrest, and a Dacron graft rapidly cured the patient of this deadly syndrome.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine