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RODRIGUEZ ROJAS, Greivin; LEIVA GABRIEL, Kevin  and  MARIN DELGADO, Astrid. Pulmonary Artery Aneurysm as a cause of sudden death: Case report and literature review. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2020, vol.37, n.1, pp.12-17. ISSN 2215-5287.


Correlate the generalities of etiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation and current diagnostic methods available for pulmonary artery aneurysm with sudden death of these patients.

Materials and methods:

Review of medical record, autopsy analysis and scientific literature.

Case presentation:

A 39-year-old male with a history of pulmonary hypertension, who consulted for sudden dyspnea. The case was approached as a pulmonary thromboembolism. The patient presented bad clinical evolution and died. Autopsy revealed an aneurysm of the pulmonary artery.


Aneurysms of the pulmonary artery are rare. The clinical presentation is nonspecific. The most reliable diagnostic methods are clinical suspicion and imaging methods, however they remain a cause of sudden death; whose finding is postmortem.

Keywords : Aneurysm; Pulmonar Hypertension; Dispnea; Hemoptysis.

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