CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 196–200

Rasmussen’s Aneurysm: A Forgotten Entity?

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00270-007-9122-6

Cite this article as:
Keeling, A.N., Costello, R. & Lee, M.J. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol (2008) 31: 196. doi:10.1007/s00270-007-9122-6


We present the case of a rare entity which is a complication of a disease process that had almost disappeared from the Western World. With the recent resurgence in reported cases of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) in Western communities, it is important to recognize complications and sequelae. A young alcoholic male with confirmed active TB suffered a cardiac arrest following massive haemoptysis. Multidetector computed tomography angiography diagnosed a Rasmussen’s aneurysm, confirmed by digital subtraction angiography and then successfully embolized with glue. We outline this rare case and the embolization technique and review previously documented reports.


Rasmussen’s aneurysm Mycobacterium tuberculosis Tuberculosis Embolization Glue Massive hemoptysis 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Academic RadiologyBeaumont HospitalDublin 9Ireland
  2. 2.Department of Respiratory MedicineBeaumont HospitalDublin 9Ireland

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