Acute Fatal Chest Pain: Spontaneous Massive Hemothorax in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis Type I

Kuo-Yuan Hsu, Wen-Cheng Huang, Chin-Wang Hsu, Yi Chung Yu

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Abstract

Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1) is an autosomal dominant disease characterized by multiple dermatological disorders. The less frequent manifestations are vascular abnormalities. Spontaneous rupture of these pathological vessels is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication; this necessitates immediate and decisive intervention. Unstable patients should be managed with aggressive surgical intervention as soon as possible to avoid mortality. We encountered a case of massive hemothorax in a 62-year-old female with neurofibromatosis type 1 as a result of spontaneous rupture of right intercostal artery, which leads to lethal outcome despite extensive surgical intervention as well as intensive care measures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-252
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Gerontology
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • chest pain
  • neurofibromatosis type 1
  • spontaneous hemothorax

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