Pulmonary artery dissection mimicking mediastinal mass

Halil Mutlu, Ihsan Ekin Demir, Lynn N. Mutlu, Daniel Doyle

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Pulmonary artery dissection (PAD) is a rare diagnosis that is often made postmortem in patients with pulmonary hypertension. It can be visualized by echocardiography, computed tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging. We present a patient with emphysematous chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and secondary pulmonary hypertension in whom a PAD appeared like a mediastinal mass on computed tomography. The diagnosis was made at autopsy. We think that physicians should consider the possibility of a PAD in patients with chronic pulmonary hypertension who present with dyspnea and chest pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-237
Number of pages5
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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