Successful embolization of bronchial artery aneurysms treatment by embolization with N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate

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  • Successful embolization of bronchial artery aneurysms

    Dr Elena Lonjedo Vicent, MD. Prof. Interventional and Vascular Unit Universitary Hospital Dr Peset Valencia

  • Disclosure

    Speaker name:

    DR Elena Lonjedo

    I have the following potential conflicts of interest to report:


    Employment in industry

    Stockholder of a healthcare company

    Owner of a healthcare company


    I do not have any potential conflict of interest



  • Mediastinal bronchial artery aneurysms (BAA) are uncommon, with fewer than 50 published case reports. They are identified in

  • Clinical presentation

     Clinical presentation varies from an incidental finding to hemoptysis or hemomediastinum and shock resulting from rupture.

     Extrapulmonary bronchial aneurysm manifests as a spontaneous mediastinal hematoma that presents with severe retrosternal pain resembling an acute coronary syndrome or aortic dissection.

     Intrapulmonary aneurysms manifests as intermittent or massive hemoptysis

  • Ethiology

    Many predisposing conditions have been described in the setting of BAA including bronchiectasis, atherosclerosis trauma, radiation therapy, mycotic infection and Osler-Weber- Rendu syndrome. This suggests that the etiology of these aneurysms may be related to the chronic inflammatory state or to the hyperafflux of the vessels involved

  • Diagnosis AngioTc is the diagnostic method of choice,

    relegating arteriography for diagnostic confirmation and treatment.

    Xray film Ct

    MRI Arteriography


    Treatment may be surgical, with graft stent or transarterial embolization

  • CASE 1 54-year-old man Clinical history of an infected bronchiectasis

    AngioTC:aneurysm at the origin of the left bronchial artery (20x14 mm)

  • CASE 1

    Transarterial embolization with steel coils

  • 3 months Follow up: complete occlusion of aneurysm

    CASE 1

  • 81 years-old-man

    ●Medical history of chronic bronchitis

    ●Bilateral upper lobe bronchiectasis with episodes of hemoptysis

    ●Currently presented to our emergency department with fever, pleuritic chest

    pain, productive cough, and an elevated WBC

    CASE 2

  • CASE 2

    AngioTC: mediastinal window showed a 12 mm aneurysm proximal to the origin of an hypertrophic left bronchial artery, with a significant stenosis proximal to the aneurysm

    AngioTC: lung window showed a change of chronic bronchitis and bilateral cystic bronchiectasis

  • CASE 2

    Transarterial embolization with Onyx

  • Discussion

    Rare disease

    There is currently an increse in incidence as a casual finding in CT images

    It is important to treat the injury before it breaks, specially in mediastinal


    Endovascular embolization seems to be the best therapeutical option

    Depending on the neck, the caliber of the vessel , the stability of the

    catheter we used different embolizing agents

  • Conclusion:

    We present two cases of bronchial

    aneurysms treated with embolization

    with good clinical and morphological

    outcome with detachable coils and

    with onyx without complications.

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  • Successful embolization of bronchial artery aneurysms

    Dr Elena Lonjedo Vicent, MD. Prof. Interventional and Vascular Unit Universitary Hospital Dr Peset Valencia