Acute Cholecystitis Preceding Mycotic Aortic Pseudoaneurysm in a Heart Transplant Recipient


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AbstractMycotic pseudoaneurysm is a rare complication after orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT). This case describes a middle-aged OHT recipient who developed a mycotic pseudoaneurysm after an episode of acute cholecystitis. The region of involved aorta was effectively repaired using a patch of bovine pericardium and a brief period of hypothermic circulatory arrest.(J Card Surg 2010;25:749-751)