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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 13(4); 2002 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2002;13(4): 564-566.
Anterior Superior Pancreaticoduodenal Artery Aneurysm Rupture Associated with Abdominal Pain
Hyun Chul Hwang, Hyung Min Lee, Myung Chun Kim, Young Gwan Ko
Department of Emergency Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. edkmc@chollian.net
Aneurysms of visceral arteries are an uncommon, but potentially lethal, forms of vascular disease. Aneurysms of the pancreaticoduodenal artery and its branches are extremely rare. Recognized causes include acute and chronic pancreatitis, a peptic ulcer, surgery, trauma and connective tissue disease. The major complication of a pancreaticoduodenal artery aneurysm is rupture, usually causing gastrointestinal bleeding and intraabdominal hemorrhage, with an associated high mortality. Angiography is necessary for the diagnosis and is the treatment of choice. We report an unusual case of an anterior superior pancreaticoduodenal artery aneurysm, associated with abdominal pain, that ruptured.
Key words: Aneurysm, Embolization, Pancreaticoduodenal artery, Rupture
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