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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine