Mechanical ventilation variability due to tracheal compression in a patient with a mycotic descending aortic aneurysm: an inverse correlation with blood pressure

Samuel Heuts*, Roy T. M. Sprooten, Serge J. H. Heines, Barend M. E. Mees

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Mycotic aortic aneurysms carry significant morbidity and mortality. In the current report, we present a case of a patient with a mycotic descending aortic aneurysm with contained rupture causing variable compression of the trachea, influenced by a variability in blood pressure. In these patients, blood pressure management is paramount as relative hypertensive periods do not only increase the risk of rupture but can also warrant high ventilation pressures or can potentially result in airway occlusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-866
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Mycotic aneurysm
  • Mechanical ventilation

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