Cardiac tamponade secondary to rupture of a distal aortic arch aneurysm.

We report the rare rupture of a distal aortic arch aneurysm protruding into the pericardial cavity. A 70-year-old woman who suddenly lost consciousness and was transferred to our hospital by ambulance in profound shock was found in emergency computed tomography and echocardiography to have a dilated distal aortic arch and massive pericardial effusion… (More)