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Case report
Rasmussen’s aneurysm masquerading as mass lesion
  1. Satyajeet Sahoo1,
  2. Manoj Kumar Panigrahi1,
  3. Suprava Naik2 and
  4. Prasanta Raghab Mohapatra1
  1. 1Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar, India
  2. 2Radiodiagnosis, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Prasanta Raghab Mohapatra; prmohapatra{at}


Haemoptysis is an often encountered respiratory symptom. The amount of haemoptysis varies from mild to life-threatening severity and may indicate the underlying pulmonary disorder. Herein, we report a 50-year-old male smoker who presented with occasional streaky to mild haemoptysis for last 1 year. He had pulmonary tuberculosis 10 years ago and had received adequate treatment. Chest radiograph was suspicious of a mass lesion in left upper lung. Contrast-enhanced CT scan of thorax revealed pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm suggestive of Rasmussen’s aneurysm. Unlike this case, Rasmussen’s aneurysm usually manifests as life-threatening haemoptysis and portends a high mortality.

  • radiology
  • tuberculosis
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  • Contributors PRM and SS are responsible for planning, conception of idea and writing of manuscript. SS is responsible for the writing of initial draft and design of the manuscript. PRM critically reviewed the manuscript to its final shape before submission to the journal. MKP and SN have contributed to the writing of initial draft. All authors were involved in the management of the patient and have reviewed the final manuscript before submission to the journal. We hereby declare PRM as the guarantor for the overall content of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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