Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011; 59(3): 177-179
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1250348
Case Reports/Cardiac

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Intraluminal Chondrosarcoma Leading to Occlusion of the Brachiocephalic Trunk

Z. Szalay1 , J. Wilhelm2 , T. Ziegelhoeffer1 , A. Rolf2 , W. Skwara1 , M. Schoenburg1
  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kerckhoff Heart Center, Bad Nauheim, Germany
  • 2Department of Cardiology, Kerckhoff Heart Center, Bad Nauheim, Germany
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Publication History

received May 10, 2010

Publication Date:
08 April 2011 (online)


A 62-year-old female patient was admitted with temporary neurological symptoms. CT scan revealed occlusion of the brachiocephalic trunk by an intraluminal mass suspicious for a thrombus and extending into the ascending aorta. The patient underwent aortic arch replacement with reinsertion of the supraaortic vessels. A 5 × 3 × 4 cm large mass was found in the aorta which had obviously caused occlusion of the brachiocephalic trunk. The patient had an uneventful postoperative recovery and follow-up imaging showed no pathological findings. Histopathological examination revealed inhomogeneous chondroid tissue such as that found in a G2 grade bone chondrosarcoma.


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