Embolization of pulmonary artery aneurysms in a patient with Behçet's disease complicated by coil erosion into the airway.

Journal: Journal Of Vascular Surgery Cases And Innovative Techniques

Behçet's disease is an inflammatory vasculitis with the unique feature of pulmonary artery aneurysms. We describe a patient with Behçet's disease and pulmonary artery aneurysms who presented with massive hemoptysis treated by coil embolization. Although there was immediate resolution of hemoptysis and improvement in hemodynamic status, 2 months later the patient reported a refractory cough and feeling of foreign body in her throat. Imaging demonstrated partial coil migration into the bronchus and trachea. Although endovascular intervention is the first-line treatment for massive hemoptysis, in patients with Behçet's disease, active inflammation and chronic steroid use may increase the risk of coil erosion and migration.

Nicole Law, Keith Quencer, Claire Kaufman, Aidin Iravani, Rulon Hardman, Tyler Smith
Relevant Conditions

Behcet Disease, Vasculitis