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Oesophageal rupture due to tuberculous pseudoaneurysm of the aorta
  1. G P Amonkar1,
  2. P Vaideeswar2,
  3. G S Metkar1
  1. 1
    TN Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital, Bombay Central, Mumbai, India
  2. 2
    Department of Pathology, Seth G. S. Medical College, Parel, Mumbai, India
  1. Dr G P Amonkar, Dept of Pathology, TN Medical College, BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai 400 08, Maharashtra, India; gpamonkar{at}

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Tuberculous pseudoaneurysm (TPA) of the aorta is a rare complication of tuberculosis.15 Rupture of TPA into the digestive tract is even rarer, with only a few cases being reported in the literature.4 Clinical awareness of TPA of the aorta is imperative as prompt therapy with a combination of surgery and antituberculous therapy with follow-up has shown excellent results in this otherwise fatal condition.1

A 60-year-old male patient presented with massive haematemesis and died suddenly. At autopsy, the thoracic aorta showed a 2 cm ragged tear with formation of a 4×3 cm outpouching that appeared to be walled off by fibrous …

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