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Intrapleural Rupture of a Pulmonary Arteriovenous Fistula

López, José Carlos MD

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: December 2012 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - p 328–329
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e318252da20
Case Reports

A 72-year-old white woman was admitted to the hospital for mitral valve replacement with a metallic valve. A few days after surgery, the patient experienced a sudden cardiac arrest and died because of the intrapleural rupture of a pulmonary arteriovenous fistula.

From the Department of Pathology, Hospital Clínico Universitario, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Manuscript received June 20, 2011; accepted December 14, 2011.

The author reports no conflict of interest.

Reprints: José Carlos López, MD, Centro de Infertilidad Masculina ANDROGEN, A Coruña Spain. E-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.