ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Is traumatic arteriovenous fistula the cause of congestive heart failure? a case report
Ümit Menteşe1, Ergün Haliloğlu1, Sefer Usta1, Fahri Özcan2
1Ahi Evren Kalp Damar Cerrahi Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Kliniği, Trabzon, Türkiye
2Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Kliniği, Trabzon, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2013.5413
Acquired arteriovenous fistulas may have resulted from penetrant traumas. A 72-year-old male was hospitalized for dyspnea, swollen legs and ulserated dermatitis. Physical examination of the patient with a history of gunshot wound 45 years ago revealed congestive heart failure, left-leg venous insufficiency, and ulserated stasis dermatitis. We report this case, to remind that we can come across not just a simple venous insufficiency, but also a complex structure as congestive heart failure in a certain time period, if a patient with traumatic arteriovenous fistula is not diagnosed and treated immediately.
Keywords : Arteriovenous fistula; congestive heart failure; gunshot wound; venous insufficiency
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