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True brachial artery aneurysm in a child aged 2 years
  1. Aamir Ghazanfar,
  2. Afifa Asghar,
  3. Naqeeb Ullah Khan,
  4. Sidra Abdullah
  1. KRL Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Naqeeb Ullah Khan, naqeeb16{at}


Congenital brachial artery true aneurysms are exceedingly rare. Most are pseudoaneurysms secondary to trauma or infection. We report a boy aged 2 years who presented with painless, pulsatile swelling on the medial aspect of the right arm, 4 cm above the elbow joint that had been present since birth. Spiral CT angiography showed a fusiform aneurysm of the distal right brachial artery with a peripheral crescent-shaped thrombus. Distal arteries were normally opacified. There was no evidence of abnormal dilation or stenosis in any other artery. The aneurysm was surgically resected, with vascularisation re-established using a reversed great saphenous vein graft. His postoperative course was uneventful. Early surgery should be performed for moderately sized to large aneurysms that recently increased in size, exhibited luminal thrombus formation or caused neurovascular distal limb compromise. Early surgery could prevent complications such as a ruptured aneurysm, thromboembolism or limb ischaemia or loss.

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  • Contributors AG is the main surgeon who operated the case. Apart from the surgery that was he, who selected this case for publication. He also contributed greatly in the drafting and revision of this document. AA wrote the abstract, Case presentation, Investigations and Treatment sections of this article. NUK is a consultant epidemiologist and an experienced researcher. He critically reviewed the whole manuscript, edited and drafted again and gave a final touch to the report and made it ready for publication. SA did extensive literature search for this case report. She also wrote the Discussion section and provided the references for the article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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

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