ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

A Rare Etiology of Heart Failure: Traumatic Arteriovenous Fistula Due to Stab Injury 17 Years Ago
Serhat Hüseyin 1, Volkan Yüksel 1, Orkut Güçlü 1, Suat Canbaz 1, Mustafa Yılmaztepe 2
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey
2Department of Cardiology, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey
DOI : 10.5152/balkanmedj.2015.15291
Pages : 309-311


Background: Although traumatic fistula is frequently encountered, high-output heart failure due to fistula is a very rare condition. Despite an indefinitive history of trauma, arteriovenous (AV) fistula may develop insidiously, and therefore identification of a shunt is highly important for treatment.

Case Report: Here we report a 46-year-old male patient with heart failure due to traumatic femoral arteriovenous fistula developed following a penetrating stab injury 17 years ago.

Conclusion: Traumatic AV fistula is a curable cause of heart failure. Also, careful examination of the patient is as significant as radiological imaging methods. 

Keywords : Arteriovenous fistula, heart failure, penetrating injury
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