Fulminant Infectious Aortitis With Ascending Aortic Rupture

Kinan Kassar, Michael Lucke, Cunfeng Pu, Masaki Tsukashita

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Infectious aortitis is associated with a high rate of acute aortic adverse events. However, the nonspecificity of symptoms and low sensitivity of blood cultures may delay early recognition of this condition. A 77-year-old man was incidentally found to have aortitis. His disease took a fulminant course and was complicated by dissection and rupture only 4 days after the diagnosis. Serial computed tomographic angiography provided valuable information about the development of aortitis into dissection and rupture. Postdissection histologic analysis revealed gram-positive cocci in the aortic wall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e11-e12
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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