Pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysms are an uncommon diagnosis and have been minimally described in the coronavirus (COVID-19) literature. In our case, a 31-year-old man presented with severe acute hypoxic respiratory failure, stress cardiomyopathy, and combined septic and cardiogenic shock secondary to COVID-19 pneumonia and Streptococcus anginosus bacteremia. The patient had perfusing granulomas eroding into the pulmonary vasculature, causing impending hemothorax. Thoracic surgical procedures for infectious pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysms or perfusing granulomas in patients who have had COVID-19 should be performed selectively and with thoughtful perioperative planning to prevent the life-threatening complications of rupture and bleeding.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine