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A 75-year-old woman presented with massive haemoptysis 12 months after tripping over her shopping trolley. CT scanning and transoesophageal echocardiography demonstrated a traumatic false aneurysm which was confirmed at surgery to be partially ruptured. Aortobronchial fistula is an unusual cause of massive haemoptysis. It should be considered particularly in patients known to have abnormalities of the thoracic aorta.


Journal article


Int J Cardiol

Publication Date





239 - 240


Accidental Falls, Aged, Aneurysm, False, Aorta, Thoracic, Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic, Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation, Bronchial Fistula, Echocardiography, Transesophageal, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Hemoptysis, Humans, Thoracic Injuries, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Vascular Fistula, Wounds, Nonpenetrating