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Fatal aortic rupture during balloon dilatation of recoarctation.
  1. S Balaji,
  2. R Oommen,
  3. P G Rees
  1. Department of Cardiology, Hospital for Sick Children, London.


    In an eight year old boy with a patch aortoplasty, the aorta ruptured during balloon angioplasty for recoarctation. At necropsy a 1.5 cm long, full thickness tear and a separate, smaller, intimal tear were found. Histological examination showed thinning of the elastic laminae of the aorta. Angioplasty for recoarctation may be dangerous in patients with a patch aortoplasty.

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