A case of Brucella aortitis associated with development of thoracic aortic aneurysm and aortobronchial fistula

Sarah J. Wu, Jacob C. Huddin, Audrey Wanger, Anthony L Estrera, L M Buja

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Objectives: The purpose of this case report is to document the occurrence of granulomatous aortitis complicated by formation of a saccular aneurysm and aortobronchial fistula due to Brucella infection. Methods: A 65-year-old man with a history of feral swine hunting presented with hemoptysis and was found to have a saccular thoracic aortic aneurysm and associated aortobronchial fistula. The aneurysm underwent operative repair with closure of the aortobronchial fistula. Results: Histopathological examination of the aneurysm wall revealed evidence of granulomatous aortitis. Cultures of the blood and aortic wall tissue were positive for Brucella suis. Conclusions: Although rare, Brucella infection should be considered in the differential diagnosis of aortic aneurysm with granulomatous aortitis.

LanguageEnglish
Pages5-7
Number of pages3
JournalCardiovascular Pathology
Volume39
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

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Aortitis
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
Brucella
Fistula
Aneurysm
Brucella suis
Hemoptysis
Aortic Aneurysm
Infection
Differential Diagnosis
Swine

Keywords

  • Aortobronchial fistula
  • Brucella aortitis
  • Brucellosis
  • Feral swine
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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A case of Brucella aortitis associated with development of thoracic aortic aneurysm and aortobronchial fistula. / Wu, Sarah J.; Huddin, Jacob C.; Wanger, Audrey; Estrera, Anthony L; Buja, L M.

In: Cardiovascular Pathology, Vol. 39, 01.03.2019, p. 5-7.

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Wu, Sarah J. ; Huddin, Jacob C. ; Wanger, Audrey ; Estrera, Anthony L ; Buja, L M. / A case of Brucella aortitis associated with development of thoracic aortic aneurysm and aortobronchial fistula. In: Cardiovascular Pathology. 2019 ; Vol. 39. pp. 5-7.
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