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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
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ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v17.i1.80
pages 55-58

Impending Aortic Penetration Following Thoracolumbar Spinal Fixation: A Case Study

Charles T. Klodell
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA
Richard Vlasak
Division of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA
Tomas D. Martin
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA
Gregory Janelle
Division of Anesthesiology University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA
Thomas M. Beaver
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA

ABSTRACT

Spinal instrumentation is a commonly performed procedure in modern surgery. Potential injury to the large vessels in the chest is a known complication of these procedures. We present a case of aortic impingement identified on a CT scan one year following a thoracic spinal procedure. Operative revision of the hardware was carried out to avoid delayed perforation or aneurysm formation.