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Aortopulmonary Fistula in Acute Dissection: Findings at Unenhanced and Enhanced Computed Tomographic Imaging

Lempel, Jason K. MD*; Bauman, James S. MD*; White, Charles S. MD

Journal of Thoracic Imaging:
doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e31822d9a86
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Acquired aortopulmonary fistulas are a rare complication of acute aortic dissections. We present a case of an aortopulmonary fistula after a Stanford type A dissection, focusing on the imaging findings and etiology of this entity. Early recognition can lead to proper surgical planning and increase the chance of survival.

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*Department of Radiology, Norwalk Hospital, Yale University Medical School, Norwalk, CT

Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Jason K. Lempel, MD, Department of Radiology, Norwalk Hospital, Yale University Medical School, 24 Stevens Street, Norwalk, CT 06856 (e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.