Late recurrent rupture of a sinus of Valsalva aneurysm

James R. Hemp, J Nilas Young, James E. Harrell, Gary R. Woodworth

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Sinus of Valsalva aneurysms are rare and usually of congenital origin. Their exact incidence is unknown due to their tendency to remain asymptomatic until the time of rupture. Both primary closure and patch repair of the defect are used depending on the characteristic of the lesion. Hospital mortality has ranged from 0 to 5% in recent series,1-3 and most patients return to normal health after recovery from surgery. Recorded instances of recurrent fistula formation are unusual.1,4 Most are reported to occur in the immediate postoperative period or several years after surgery. The mean follow-up in most series is ≤ 10 years.3,4-6 We report a case of fistula recurrence 30 years after initial repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-762
Number of pages2
JournalThe American journal of cardiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 15 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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