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J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011 May 16;6:74. doi: 10.1186/1749-8090-6-74.

Aortitis requiring aortic repair associated with glaucoma, thyroiditis, glaucoma, and neuropathy: case report.

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  • 12nd Medical department, Krankenanstalt Rudolfstiftung, Österreich, Austria.


Aortitis may be due to infectious and non-infectious causes. We observed aortitis, associated with glaucoma, thyroiditis, pericarditis, pleural effusion and neuropathy in a 63-years old woman. Despite antibiotic therapy, inflammatory signs persisted and resolved only after initiation of glucocorticoid therapy. Increasing aortic ectasia necessitated resection of the ascending aorta and implantation of a Vascutek 30 mm prosthesis. Histologically a granulomatous aortitis was diagnosed. Since all other possible causes were excluded, an immunological mechanism of the aortitis is suspected and possible triggering factors are discussed.

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