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Cureus. 2019 Jul 12;11(7):e5129. doi: 10.7759/cureus.5129.

Proctitis and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Six Degrees of Separation.

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1
Clinical Obesity Medicine, NYU Langone Health, New York, USA.
2
Internal Medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center, North Bergen, USA.
3
Internal Medicine, Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island, USA.
4
Pathology, Pali Momi Medical Center, Affiliate of Hawai'i Pacific Health, Honolulu, USA.
5
Gastroenterology, Pali Momi Medical Center, Affiliate of Hawai'i Pacific Health, Honolulu, USA.

Abstract

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an aggressive virus responsible for a considerable amount of case fatalities. In the overwhelming majority of cases, this affects only the immunocompromised. Herein, we present a 76-year-old immunocompetent female who presented with gastrointestinal bleeding found to have rectal ulceration secondary to CMV infection. This manuscript aims to raise awareness of a rare cause of rectal bleeding. Hopefully, as such, our case will also prevent long-standing inflammation from persisting in patients with CMV and prevent it from contributing to cardiovascular pathology as seen in our patient.

KEYWORDS:

abdominal aortic aneurysm (aaa); cmv colitis; proctitis

Conflict of interest statement

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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