Rupture of a thoracic aorta pseudoaneurysm: rare presentation and role of real-time 3D transoesophageal echocardiography

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A 59-year-old man presented with cardiogenic shock caused by acute right ventricular failure due to extrinsic compression of the right coronary artery by a thoracic aorta pseudoaneurysm. Angiography and real-time 3D transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) were performed and enough diagnostic accuracy was achieved to operate on the patient without further image techniques and consequent delay. Three-dimensional TEE is a new technology that combines high-quality anatomic and colour Doppler information with bedside performance, essential in emergent clinical scenarios.

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