Annals of Thoracic Medicine
CASE REPORT
Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 147--148

Refractory recurrent bleeding as a late mortal complication of chest wall irradiation


Leonardo Gilardi 
 Department of Practice Guidelines Program, OSECAC, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Leonardo Gilardi
Santa Fe 4990, 7H - Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Zip code: (C1425BHY)
Argentina

Radiation therapy is used to treat breast malignancies. Old external radiotherapy protocols included high-dose schedules and were associated with late complications. We describe the case of a 72-year-old woman who was admitted with recurrent bleeding from chest wall. Arteriovenous fistulae were diagnosed. Embolization therapy was initially successful, even though the bleeding episodes became recurrent. Arteriovenous fistulae should be included among differential diagnosis of thoracic bleeding in patients with history of local radiation therapy. The prognosis is poor and endovascular treatment may be considered a first-line treatment.


How to cite this article:
Gilardi L. Refractory recurrent bleeding as a late mortal complication of chest wall irradiation.Ann Thorac Med 2011;6:147-148


How to cite this URL:
Gilardi L. Refractory recurrent bleeding as a late mortal complication of chest wall irradiation. Ann Thorac Med [serial online] 2011 [cited 2022 Oct 5 ];6:147-148
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