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2018 Apr

Aorta (Stamford)



Aortic Aneurysm Eroding into the Spine.


Rajab KT, Beyene MW, Yazdchi F, Menard MT
Aorta (Stamford). 2018 Apr; 6(2):68-69.
PMID: 30682731.


Aortic aneurysms are usually asymptomatic until catastrophic rupture occurs. Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms classically present with acute back pain, shock, and a pulsatile abdominal mass. The natural history of some aortic aneurysms also includes a stage of contained rupture. This occurs when extravasation of blood from the ruptured aneurysm is contained by surrounding tissues. Here, the authors report the case of a chronic contained abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture that resulted in erosion of the spine.